Parliament and the making of Indian Foreign Policy 8170272173

Based on parliamentary debates and interviews with legislators and officials, this book assesses the role of parliament

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Table of contents :
CONTENTS
Preface - vii
Acknowledgements - ix
1. Parliament and Foreign Policy: A Conceptual Framework - 1
2. The Science and Technology Factors - 19
3. India and the NPT - 33
4. India’s Peaceful Nuclear Explosion - 49
5. The Nuclear Weapon Option - 62
6. The Role of Parliament - 72
Bibliography - 87
Index - 93

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PARLIAMENT AND THE MAKING OF INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY A Study of Nuclear Policy Shrikant Paranjape

Based on parliamentary debates and interviews with legislators and officials, this book assesses the role of parliament in the formulation of Indian foreign policy. The study presents a theoretical framework for analysing the role of parliament in the making of Indian foreign policy. It focuses on parliament’s role in the making of nuclear policy in a number of issue areas — the scientific and technological aspects of atomic energy policy, the debate on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, the peaceful nuclear explosion of May 1974, and the question of India’s nuclear weapons option. In conclusion, the author makes policy recommendations on how the parliament can provide critical inputs in the formulation of Indian foreign policy. This book will prove useful for students and scholars of political science, international relations, and Indian foreign policy.

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PARLIAMENT AND THE MAKING OF INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY

PARLIAMENT AND THE MAKING OF INDIAN FOREIGN POLICY A Study of Nuclear Policy

SHRIKANT PARANJPE

RADIANT PUBLISHERS

This publication was financially supported by the Indian Council for Social Science Research. The responsibility for the facts stated, opinion expressed, or conclusions reached, is entirely that of the author and the ICSSR accepts no responsibility for them. ICSSR Consultant: Muchkund Dubey Copyright 1997 by Shrikant Paranjpe First Published in 1997 by RADIANT PUBLISHERS E-155 Kalkaji, New Delhi-110019 ISBN 81-7027-217-3 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the Publishers. Printed in India by Chaman Offset, Delhi.

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Preface Acknowledgements Parliament and Foreign Policy: A Conceptual Framework The Science and Technology Factors India and the NPT India’s Peaceful Nuclear Explosion The Nuclear Weapon Option The Role of Parliament Bibliography Index

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