The Pursuit of Nuclear Autarky

  • Ramesh Thakur
  • Carlyle A. Thayer


The preceding chapter documented the state of ‘quasi-alliance’ between India and the Soviet Union in their military relations. Nevertheless, it was argued, even the military relationship cannot be regarded as a patron-client bond. The depth and full scope of the Indo-Soviet relationship will become clearer in the next chapter, when we look at the economic interactions between the two countries. A discussion of India’s nuclear programme helps to link the military and economic relations between India and the Soviet Union, since India has consistently justified its long-established programme of developing nuclear power technology by reference to its developmental benefits.


International Atomic Energy Agency Nuclear Energy Nuclear Weapon Ballistic Missile Nuclear Programme 
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© Ramesh Thakur and Carlyle A. Thayer 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ramesh Thakur
    • 1
  • Carlyle A. Thayer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of OtagoNew Zealand
  2. 2.Department of PoliticsAustralian Defence Force AcademyCanberraAustralia

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