"Not since EP Thompson has the illogic, inhumanity and complacency of the nuclear status quo been so brilliantly laid bare."
“I have never seen a better account of the weaknesses, perils and immorality of security policies based on threats of mass destruction.”—Bruce Kent, CND
“The nuclear bomb is the most anti-democratic, anti-national, anti-human, outright evil thing that man has ever made. If you are religious, then remember that this bomb is Man’s challenge to God. It’s worded quite simply: We have the power to destroy everything that You have created. If you’re not religious, then look at it this way. This world of ours is four billion, six hundred million years old. It could end in an afternoon.” —Arundhati Roy (Booker Prize winner and environmental campaigner)The recent Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests brought nuclear proliferation and the terrible threat of nuclear war back to the world’s centre stage. The south Asian nuclear moves have raised regional tensions, transformed Kashmir into a potentially nuclear flashpoint, increased the poverty of already devastated populations, fuelled a conventional and possibly nuclear arms race far beyond the borders of the two countries, and vastly distorted definitions of international status and influence. On the global level, the newest entries into the restricted club of admitted nuclear-capable nations have rendered obsolete the post-World War Two nuclear status quo.Praful Bidwai and Achin Vanaik, two of India’s most respected and experienced journalists and longtime anti-nuclear activists, examine the causes and consequences of the Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests, and provide a framework for understanding the global context in which they occur. They also map out a new approach to nuclear abolition, in which not only south Asia’s new nuclear states, but the oldest and mightiest Western nuclear powers would at last begin serious efforts towards full and complete nuclear disarmament. The central argument is that now more than ever, with nuclear proliferation spreading to states with volatile political regimes, global disarmament policies must be agreed and implemented.
PRAFUL BIDWAI and ACHIN VANAIK are both Fellows of the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the authors of Testing Times: The Global Stake in a Nuclear Test Ban . Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel The God of Small Things.
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