Interview with Kandury Subramanvam, 1987
- Interview with Kandury Subramanvam, 1987
Kandury Subramanvan (Subrahmanyam) was an official in Indias Ministry of Defense. In the interview, he offers his views on Chinas 1964 test, determining immediately that India should get a device of its own. He then explains why India should get a bomb, even though its own preference was for disarmament. At the time, he acknowledges, the Indian government did not take very seriously Pakistans declared intent to develop a bomb. Although India participated vigorously in preparing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, it did not eventually sign it because of feelings of discrimination. The Bangladesh crisis of 1971 cemented the realization that India faced a potential combination of powerful forces the United States, China, Pakistan, for example that elevated the countrys concern about its security. In part, he says, this explains Indias friendship treaty with the USSR. When India exploded its test device in 1974, his reaction was at last ... the people have done it. He discusses Indira Gandhis motivations for the test and the gains it produced for the country. He then responds to several questions about nonproliferation in the 1960s and 1970s, Pakistans enrichment program, and other countries nuclear activities, then comments on broader issues concerning Indias current security needs, why countries pursue nuclear weapons, and how he sees the next decade of the nuclear age. He closes by concluding Pakistan possesses the bomb but that it is more likely to bring about stability than increase tensions with India.
- Subrahmanyam, K.
February 21, 1987
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War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
International Atomic Energy Agency
Bhaba, Homi J.
Bhutto, Zulfikar Ali
Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)
Gandhi, Indira, 1917-1984
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Kissinger, Henry, 1923-
Nehru, Jawaharlal, 1889-1964
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