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Weapons of mass destruction: Options for India

Edited by: Raja Menon Publication: Sage ISBN: 0-7619-3302-6 Price: Rs 330 Pages: 278

india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 17:26 IST
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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 ground breaking 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.

The Editor

Rear Admiral Raja Menon retired in 1994 as Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Operations). He is visiting lecturer at all institutes of higher study of the Indian armed forces and was instrumental in organising  the first nuclear management course for Indian service officers

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

Unique in its content, among tile strong points of this volume is the detailed description of efforts required to set up material and human resources to respond to such catastrophes.

With its comprehensive coverage of both practical and policy issues, it will attract the attention of scholars, defence strategists and serving personnel in the armed forces.