About the BookThe Indo-U.S. nuclear deal was envisaged during Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s visit to the U.S. in July 2005 which led to a Joint Statement announcing a slew of bilateral measures on areas like energy, space, agriculture, commerce and science and technology. The most important development perhaps was to initiate the measure to strengthen energy security and promote the development of energy markets in India with the objective of ensuring sufficient affordable energy supplies.
After many twists and turns of over three years during which several clauses of the deal met with severe criticism and stiff opposition from some quarters, both in America and India, the two countries finally sealed the unprecedented deal, on October 10, 2008, putting an end to controversies as well as to 34 years of India’s nuclear isolation.
The issue of the Indo-U.S. Civil Nuclear Deal is extremely complex involving national and international polity, nuclear non-proliferation, diplomacy as well as technicalities of the nuclear fuel cycle. This is also an important test case for both the United States and India to place their relationship in a new paradigm of collaborated acceleration rather than inconsistent progress in fits and starts. In the process, we will also be testing new waters of acceptance of India as a nuclear weapons state by the international community in general, and the nations in our immediate neighborhood, China and Pakistan, in particular.
The book in three Volumes attempts to provide a holistic perspective of the Indo-U.S. Civil Nuclear Deal in the context of international relations—economic as well as nuclear energy cooperation. It is a seminal contribution to Indo-U.S. relations and will prove invaluable to students and scholars of international affairs, strategic analysts, policy planners, diplomats, parliamentarians as well as common readers interested in contemporary world affairs.About the Author/sBrig. Rahul K. Bhonsle is an alumnus of the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington and Army War College, Mhow. He has served with the Indian Army for over three decades. He was on the Chinese Front in 1986, and successively operated at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir from 1989 onwards. He served in the critical Kargil Sector during Operation Parakram in 2002. Besides having a distinguished military career, he has to his credit a large number of books and articles published in professional journals, leading magazines and national dailies. His latest release India Security Scope 2006: The New Great Game has been well received by readers.
At present he is running an independent research agency, Security-Risks.com, which is providing strategic risk and knowledge management services through its website, www.security-risks.com.
Col. Ved Prakash was commissioned into the famed Sikh Regiment of the infantry arm of the Indian Army in 1957. He served as Commanding Officer of an Assam Rifles battalion deployed on Indo-Burma (now Myanmar) border in the 1970s. He had two tenures in Ladakh in 1980s. He took part in 1962, 1965 and 1971 Wars.
He has authored three books: Intelligent Ways to Enter the NDA, The Samba Spy Scandal and Indian Army in Sri Lanka. His more recent books include Encyclopaedia of North-East India (5 Vols.).
Dr. K.R. Gupta is a well-known economist and an expert in the field of International Affairs. He has published a large number of books, among which, Reform of the United Nations (2 Vols.), Studies in World Affairs (2 Vols.), Global Terrorism, India-Pakistan Relations with Special Reference to Kashmir (4 Vols.), Selected Documents on Nuclear Disarmament (4 Vols.), India’s International Relations (2 Vols.) and Foreign Policy of India (2 Vols.) deserve special mention.