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Interview with C. S. (Chandra Shekhar) Jha, 1987

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Title:
Interview with C. S. (Chandra Shekhar) Jha, 1987
Description:
Chandra Shekhar Jha was India's foreign secretary from 1965 to 1967. Jha's interview conducted for War and Peace in the Nuclear Age begins with his recollections of his devastating post-war tour of Japan with Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and their shared ideals of disarmament and economic development by harnessing "Atoms for Peace." Jha's interview also examines the dilemma of staying the non-nuclear course given regional security concerns: the 1962 Chinese attack on India, followed two years later by China's detonation of its first nuclear bomb, and ongoing tensions with its neighbor Pakistan. While prioritizing the country's economic development over diverting resources to acquire nuclear weapons, Jha rejects the Non-Proliferation Treaty as embodying "nuclear colonialism" and objects to the preferential treatment granted other threshold states. Jha explains why India cannot exclude the future possibility of owning nuclear weapons. The key to disarmament, he insists, rests with the nuclear nations that are "adding to their stockpiles" and "preparing for war."
Interviewee:
Jha, C. S. (Chandra Shekhar), 1909-
Date:
February 18, 1987
Format:
Film/Video
Location:
WGBH
Collection (local):
WGBH Open Vault
Series:
War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
Subjects:
Nuclear disarmament
Nuclear weapons--Testing
Nuclear nonproliferation
Nuclear weapons
Deterrence (Strategy)
Hiroshima-shi (Japan)--History--Bombardment, 1945
Nuclear arms control
Nagasaki-shi (Japan)--History--Bombardment, 1945
Atoms for Peace (U.S.)
Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963)
United Nations
Sandys, Duncan, 1908-1987
Gandhi, Indira, 1917-1984
Bowles, Chester, 1901-1986
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Desai, Morarji, 1896-1995
Gandhi, Rajiv, 1944-1991
Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964
Deng, Xiaoping, 1904-1997
Places:
India
United States
China
Pakistan
France
Israel
Canada
Japan
Extent:
01:17:36:01
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Publisher:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Identifier:
V_EEE96561E026445387D79CC9D70F0D92