India: nuclear strategy and emerging challenges
by Ashutosh Singh; Anurag Singh; Nitesh Kumar Adhichwal
International Journal of Global Energy Issues (IJGEI), Vol. 43, No. 4, 2021

Abstract: It is the hypothesis of this article that India's present officially declared nuclear doctrine of 'No First Use' is not viable in face of the military and strategic challenges the country faces and that a revision of the same is in order. This article will examine the various aspects of India's doctrine including 'Massive Nuclear Retaliation' and its viability in face of the present and emerging strategic threats. The article seeks to examine this in context of the evolution of the nuclear postures of various major nuclear powers since the dawn of the bomb and compare it with India's nuclear posture. A nuclear policy viability assessment will thus be carried out in this article, assessing various emerging threats to objectively gauge the credibility of the present doctrine to cope with such threats. Based on the comprehensive and analytical evaluation changes in India's nuclear doctrine will be recommended in the conclusion of this article.

Online publication date: Thu, 12-Aug-2021

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