When India tested nuclear weapons in May 1998, its national security establishment and much of the urban population celebrated. India had arrived as a major power.

Now it could stand up to China, rectify Western nuclear apartheid, and put Pakistan behind it.

Nuclear deterrence would make Pakistan's leaders accept that war was no longer an option for coercing India to give in on Kashmir or other demands...

The full book review of Verghese Koithara's Managing India's Nuclear Forces was originally published in the Peace Review: A Journal of Social JusticeVolume 26,  Issue 2, 2014.