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Weapons of Mass Destruction
Options for India

First Edition
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January 2005 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, or Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), present a serious danger in today’s world. This pertinent and topical volume takes a hard-headed look at the threat that India could face from these weapons.

A great deal of literature exists on international regimes and their attempts to curb the proliferation of WMD. For a number of years the national effort seemed to be confined to relying solely on these international regimes to ensure the safety of the nation. This book is groundbreaking in that it concentrates more on the protection of society and the armed forces against both state and non-state actors armed with WMD, and less on the international regimes. Additionally, the book offers a detailed checklist for the formulation of a national strategy to protect the people of India from WMD agents, while suggesting a counter-proliferation strategy. With contributions from leading analysts in the field, some of the important issues that are discussed here include:
- The danger that WMD pose to governments and to the populace at large.
- The actual threat of WMD and the scenarios that India needs to guard against.
- Whether India faces a greater WMD threat from state or non-state actors.
- The possible protective measures that can be undertaken to guard against these threats.
- The position that the Indian government needs to take in international fora while addressing international initiatives to prevent the use of WMD.

Raja Menon
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THEORY OF EFFECTIVENESS
Pran Krishan Pahwa
The Nuclear Dimension
B S Malik
The Effectiveness of Chemical Agents
Raja Menon
The Effectiveness of Biological Agents
 
PART TWO: THREATS TO INDIA
M S Mamik
Formal and Non-Formal
 
PART THREE: CURRENT INTERNATIONAL REGIMES
Matin Zuberi
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime
Arundhati Ghose
Chemical and Biological Weapons Regimes
 
PART FOUR: INDIA'S NEGOTIATING POSITIONS
Matin Zuberi
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime in Crisis
Arundhati Ghose
Trends in the CWC and BTWC: Implications and Options for India's Security Interests
 
PART FIVE: INDIA'S OPTIONS
B S Malik
Protection against Chemical Agents
Raja Menon
Protection against Biological and Toxin Warfare
 
Index

The compilation edited by Raja Menon is a useful and timely one considering the growing significance especially of biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in an age when terrorist organization seem able to access by means, mostly foul, the most highly protected and heinous instruments of death.

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