Documents on Early Years of India’s Nuclear Energy Programme Released
IDSA’s Nuclear History Project is pleased to announce the release of a new set of documents pertaining to the early years of India’s nuclear energy programme. The collection includes records on the organisation of the atomic energy establishment, the projects under the IV Plan period, international cooperation, as well as selected documents on the Department of Atomic Energy, among others.
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About the project: The Nuclear History Project is the platform set up by IDSA as part of its participation in the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). The NPIHP, conceived by the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars, Washington and the Machiavelli Institute of Cold War Studies (CIWA), Rome, is an international effort to trace the history of nuclear weapons as well as the nuclear histories of countries that has pursued nuclear weapon programmes. Launched in January 2010, the Project intends to extensively mine archives and use empirical sources and oral histories in countries being studied to examine and understand the dynamics of nuclear decision making. This study will help understand the historical casuals of proliferation, and how it influenced the evolution of the non-proliferation regime and its related mechanisms and processes.
The IDSA Nuclear History Project has begun mining of archival resources in the country with the objective of setting up a digital archive. IDSA has also initiated an oral history component which could faciliate the creation of a major audio-visual compendium of first-hand reflections and reminiscences of personalities associated with India’s nuclear decision making and policy debates.
The collection was compiled by Shri Kapil Patil, Ms. Manasi Pritam, Ms. Alankrita Sinha and Shri A. Vinod Kumar.
[IDSA is grateful to Prof. Arun Grover (Vice Chancellor, Panjab University and formerly with TIFR), and Ms. Ananya Dasgupta and Ms. Ritu Saini of TIFR for their guidance and support in gathering the compendium of records.]