Pokharan II: Now What?
PR Chari · 21 May, 1998 · #93 · Commentary
The germane question now arises: can
’s forward march to nuclear weaponization be reversed? Perhaps, not. Before
proceeds ahead to weaponization, however, the direct and indirect costs involved need adding up.
Pokharan II: Why?
PR Chari · 21 May, 1998 · #92 · Commentary
No doubt the BJP’s election manifesto, issued in February, promised to "re-evaluate the country’s nuclear policy and exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons"; and "expedite the development of the Agni series of bal...
Pokharan II: How?
· 21 May, 1998 · #91 · Commentary
’s five nuclear tests signify in technological terms? Before discussing this question a more pressing one arises: why did
reconnaissance satellites not discover these tests. The Atomic Energy Commission and th...
Ghauri Missile : What Variant Is It Anyway?
Ashutosh Mishra · 11 May, 1998 · #90 · Commentary
Ever since the Pakistani government announced in April its having conducted a test of the "Ghauri" missile, 5th in the Hatf series, the debate is not so much on its lethality as its origins. In
, various theories have been f...
Ghauri Missile Test and Pakistan's Security
Ashutosh Mishra · 11 May, 1998 · #89 · Commentary
Any nation's primary goal is to protect and secure adequate defence of its homeland. Any nation feeling insecure would be diverting its energies towards removing the sources of insecurity. They can resort to bilateral, and/or multi-lateral all...
Madeleine Albright's Trip to China, 29-30 April 1998
Jolie MF Wood · 11 May, 1998 · #88 · Commentary
United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visited
from 29 to 30 April in preparation for President Bill Clinton's visit in June, the first by a
head of state since the
1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. In...
Recent Statements by Defence Minister George Fernandes
Mira Sinha Bhattacharjee · 11 May, 1998 · #87 · Commentary
On 3 May 1998, only days after the quiet departure of General Fu Quanyou and his delegation from
, Mr. George Fernandes, Minister of Defence, declared
’s potential "threat number one". ...
Stability in South Asia through Nuclear Weapons and Missiles
Lt. Gen. AM Vohra · 11 May, 1998 · #86 · Commentary
The recent test firing of Ghauri by
, an intermediate range ballistic missile that can carry a high explosive, chemical or nuclear warhead to a distance of 1500 kms, is an expected development. Nuclear weapons and missiles form par...
· 11 May, 1998 · #85 · Commentary
George Fernandes is an exceptional and fascinating personality in Indian politics. A socialist and once the leading labour leader of Mumbai, he follows his ideologue, the late Dr. Lohia and his formulations on socialism and social transformation i...
Bringing Prithvi Down to Earth The Capabilities and Potential Effectiveness of India's Prithvi Missile
· 11 May, 1998 · #84 · Commentary
This article summarises our technical evaluation of the effectiveness of India’s Prithvi missile. Our work, based on descriptions in newspapers, journals and magazines, suggests that if Prithvi is armed with conventional warheads and used ...