INDIA: A Question of Priority

To those who remember India's gentle spirit Mahatma Gandhi, who tried to teach his countrymen the virtues of pacifism, the idea that his nation might one day become a nuclear power with a deadly arsenal of warheads seems all but unthinkable. In 1968 Prime Minister Indira Gandhi—daughter of Gandhi's great friend and political successor, Jawaharlal Nehru—warned Indians that nothing would help their enemies more "than for us to lose our sense of perspective and to undertake measures that undermine the basic progress of the country." Yet India has just exploded an atomic...

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