JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

India’s Nuclear Journey Post Kargil

Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Dr. Prakash Menon is the Director, Strategic Studies Programme, Takshashila Institution, Bangalore and Former Military Adviser, National Security Council Secretariat.
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  • July-September 2019
    Volume: 
    13
    Issue: 
    3
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    Kargil was an early milestone in India’s journey towards becoming a nuclear weapons power. Two decades later, India has shed the image of a reluctant nuclear power and morphed into being a responsible one. The credit for this achievement can be traced to the wisdom that is embedded in India’s nuclear doctrine that has guided the development, growth and deployment of its nuclear wherewithal. The hallmarks of the doctrine like Civilian control, No First Use, and Credible Minimum Deterrence have endured despite internal and external pressures. However, the first leg of the operational journey will be completed only when sufficient nuclear submarines are operational, a process that should be completed sooner than later.

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