Uncle Sam's Nuclear Cabin


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2007

135 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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The India-US nuclear deal polarized the country in an unprecedented manner. Proponents hail the deal as the outstanding achievement of the UPA government. Opponents argue that if operationalized, it will severely undermine India's independence in foreign policy, defence, and even in the field of nuclear technology itself, compromising years of hard work and impressive gains in a highly competitive global field.

How does the global nuclear technology control regime work? What gains have Indian scientists and technicians made in the face of nuclear sanctions following the tests of 1974 and again in 1998? What was the Indian expectation from the nuclear deal, and what has the US actually delivered? To what extent is the nuclear deal going to address India's energy needs, and at what cost? What had the Prime Minister assured Parliament with regard to the nuclear deal, and does the final deal stand up to his assurances? What is the relation between the Hyde Act and the 123 Agreement, and how does it impact India? Does it serve India's interests to play into the US plans to divide Asia into rival blocs? What are the larger geopolitics of Asia, and how can India benefit from a trilateral relationship with Russia and China?

Three leading experts investigate in lucid and accessible terms with a range of complex questions. Power expert Prabir Purkayastha looks at the nuclear deal from a techno-economic point of view; foreign policy expert Ninan Koshy looks at the wider implications of the nuclear deal, and former diplomat M.K. Bhadrakumar explores the fascinating geopolitics of Asia and India's current and potential role in it.

Prabir Purkayastha

Prabir Purkayastha is an engineer and a science activist in the power, telecom and software sectors. He is a founding member of the Delhi Science Forum. He is the author of Knowledge as Commons: Towards Inclusive Science and Technology (LeftWord 2023) and co-author, along with Vijay Prashad, of Enron Blowout: Corporate Capitalism and Theft of the Global Commons (LeftWord 2002), and along with Ninan Koshy, M.K. Bhadrakumar, of Uncle Sam’s Nuclear Cabin (LeftWord 2007). He is co-editor with Indranil and Richa Chintan of Political Journeys in Health: Essays by and for Amit Sengupta (LeftWord 2021). He is the founder of Newsclick.in.

M.K. Bhadrakumar

M.K. BHADRAKUMAR served as a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service for 3 decades, with postings including India's ambassador to Uzbekistan (1995–98) and to Turkey (1998–2001). He was also posted, in various capacities, at Moscow, Islamabad, Bonn, Colombo, Seoul, Kuwait and Kabul. He is Russian-speaking, and writes regularly on strategic affairs for publications in India and abroad.

Ninan Koshy

NINAN KOSHY served as Director, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, World Council of Churches (WCC), Geneva, from 1981 to 1991 and earlier as its Executive Secretary for seven years. He was Visiting Fellow, Human Rights Programmes, Harvard Law School during 1991-92. He writes regularly on National and International politics, human rights, disarmament, education and religion, and lives in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.