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Even as governments of various hues have regularly changed in India as electoral democracy took root, there has been an impressive consistency about Indian nuclear policy. If Indira Gandhi showed her formidable determination in allowing the scientists for validating a technology demonstrator, an avowed pacifist like Morarji Desai—and a virulent Nehru-Gandhi critic—did not try to stop natural progression of the policy package. While being more conciliatory to the West, Rajiv Gandhi allowed the weaponisation of the nuclear programme, even though the West he wooed wanted to have the programme mothballed. A. Narasimha Rao, while opening up widely to the West was on the verge of letting the scientists have their second set of nuclear tests. This was on the face of the window to an independent nuclear option closing fast with the US-led coalition pushing down their so-called non-proliferation agenda down the gullet of largely malleable nation states, till the word about the scheduled tests by Rao leaked, and he wilted under pressure. The RSS-BJP government showed their resolve by fulfilling their long-standing agenda of nuclear deliverance by undergoing Pokhran II, and upping the ante of Indo-US relations was their desired mid-state in the rising curve.
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