Book Synopsis: Indian Nuclear Strategy

Confronting the Potential Threat from both China and Pakistan

Twenty years after the 1998 nuclear tests and the publication of India’s Nuclear Doctrine, India has continued to face endemic security challenges from both China and Pakistan. The later, through the apparent induction of tactical nuclear weapons into the equation and a rapid expansion of its fissile material production capacity, has introduced an additional complication into Indian security calculations while China has become increasingly assertive and intransigent in its conduct towards its neighbours.

India’s nuclear strategy, facing a changing landscape, has shown some degree of flexibility though this has not been adequately articulated. Furthermore, discussion of India’s nuclear strategy, such that it is, has been somewhat one-dimensional with an excessive and, it is argued, an unnecessary debate over the stated Indian policy of no-first-use.

This book examines India’s nuclear strategy as it confronts the potential threat from both China and Pakistan. The potential threats – traditional as well as non-traditional CBRN threats – are examined as will India’s approach to dealing with them. India’s nuclear arsenal, its dual purpose civil-military space program and its nascent BMD capability is explored with a view to informing the reader as to the steps taken by India to confront its nuclear challenges. In addition, the Indian nuclear doctrine and the strategy evolved therefrom is examined to demonstrate the flexibility inherent in the Indian nuclear doctrine while also highlighting certain areas that require attention.

Here’s the link to Amazon store: Book: Indian Nuclear Strategy by Dr Sanjay Badri-Maharaj

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Dr Sanjay Badri-Maharaj

Dr. Sanjay Badri-Maharaj is the author of the books "Indian Nuclear Strategy: Confronting the Potential Threat from both China and Pakistan" and "The Armageddon Factor: Nuclear Weapons in the India-Pakistan Context". He is an independent geopolitical, security and defence analyst and attorney-at-law based in Trinidad and Tobago. He holds a PhD on India’s nuclear weapons programme and an MA from the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. He has served as a consultant to the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of National Security. He was also a Visiting Fellow at IDSA - New Delhi. HE can be reached at

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