About the BookA civil nuclear energy renaissance is underway at present. Governments worldwide are reconsidering the role of nuclear power for generation of electricity due to growing energy demand, pressures and obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and rising oil prices, among other things. Public and political opposition to nuclear power is also decreasing because of the growing awareness about its benefits.
In 2005, India’s Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, and U.S. President, George W. Bush envisaged the Indo-U.S. civil nuclear deal to develop India’s civilian nuclear energy program to meet its growing energy demands in a cleaner and more efficient manner. The signing of the 123 Agreement (Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy) by India and U.S. in October 2008 is thus an epochal event despite uncertainties of the global future, permanently etching a mark on Indo-U.S. relations.
The fruits of this Agreement are already evident with India having inked MOUs for nuclear reactors with France and Russia. Uranium supplies are being offered by a number of countries and India has already signed agreements with France, U.K., Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada, Argentina, Namibia and Mongolia for supply of nuclear fuel. India has also enacted The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act to open up the country’s $150 billion nuclear power market. Harnessing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is coming up in a big way in India in the near future.
The book contains a comprehensive Introduction highlighting the current energy scenario in India and the need to develop nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It presents a set of valuable documents, statements and speeches on the topic by eminent international personalities. It will be useful to the students and teachers of defence studies, international law, policymakers, parliamentarians and those concerned with nuclear technology and development of nuclear energy in India.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 including Indo-U.S. Civil Nuclear Deal (co-edited) and India Security Scope 2006: The New Great Game. He has also contributed articles in professional journals, leading magazines and national dailies.
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 many books including: 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.) and Nuclear Disarmament: Issues and Concerns.
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, the following deserve special mention: 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.).