Early Nuclear Debates in the Rajya Sabha

IDSA’s Nuclear History Project is pleased to share a compilation of documents covering the nuclear policy debates and Q&A in the Rajya Sabha during the early decades. The shared collection largely covers Q&A and debates from the 1950s to the 1970s on issues ranging from disarmament, non-proliferation, approach to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and policy on nuclear weapons (including the Indian strategic weapons programme), 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 NPIHP Digital Archive could be accessed here.

In the last few years, IDSA’s Nuclear History Project has undertaken extensive archival mining across various resources in the country and has created a digital archive on India’s nuclear history. The Project has also initiated an oral history component which could facilitate the creation of a major audio-visual compendium of reflections and reminiscences by personalities associated with India’s nuclear decision making and policy debates.

This collection was compiled by Shri A. Vinod Kumar and Shri Kapil Patil


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