Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy examines India's foreign policy options in order to ensure that the country retains its space for manoeuvre, to follow an independent foreign policy in the 21st century global scenario.

US and Nuclear Issues

US and nuclear issues

Pokharan-II: A Turning Point

Despite the Indian ruling elite's fascination with and admiration of the US, and Jawaharlal Nehru's well-known but little publicised attempts to get closer to the US in the 1950s, India's relations with the US remained at a low level for the first 50 years after India's Independence. It was only after India became a nuclear weapons power in 1998 that the nature of India's relationship with the US underwent a qualitative change. This event, together with Pakistan becoming a declared nuclear weapons power, jolted the US into taking India, and indeed the whole of South Asia, seriously from a security and geopolitical perspective. Pokharan-II coincided with India's growing economic weight and the increasingly influential role ...

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