Confronting the Bomb : Pakistani and Indian Scientists Speak Out

  • Confronting the Bomb : Pakistani and Indian Scientists Speak Out
  • Year: 2012
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ISBN No : 978-0-189-906833-3

Author :  Pertvez Hoodbhoy

Publisher :  Oxford University Press

Year :  2013

Binding : Hard Bound

Language : English  

Contents :


Authored by scientists from both sides of the Pakistan–India divide, Confronting the Bomb fearlessly explores tabooed, but urgent, nuclear issues. Concerned citizens, policy-makers, and nuclear experts are presented with a rich range of complexities: political and semi-technical. Beginning with the coming of the atomic age to India, and later to Pakistan, the book looks at the furious nuclear race after the 1998 nuclear tests. What are the principal drivers and where lies the future? It goes on to examine Pakistan’s changing strategic nuclear objectives, the Kargil conflict, and the fact that ownership of the bomb is now claimed by Islamic political parties. The worrying issue of the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is considered in the background of an ideological divide within the military. The somewhat more technical articles deal with early warning issues; the battlefield use of nuclear weapons; problems related to the fissile materials treaty; and the likely effects of a limited nuclear exchange between Pakistan and India. Two essays deal with nuclear electricity generation, making the point that this may not be the promised panacea for the subcontinent’s energy problem. Rejecting nuclear nationalism, this is a unique work by Pakistanis and Indians working together to warn of nuclear dangers.
About the Author / Editor
Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy has taught at the department of physics at Quaid-e-Azam University since 1973 and now also teaches at the School of Science and Engineering (LUMS). He received a PhD in nuclear physics from MIT, as well as degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering, and physics from MIT. He was awarded the Abdus Salam Prize for Mathematics, the Baker Award for Electronics, and the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the popularization of science. His research interests lie in theoretical high-energy physics. He was a Council member of Pugwash, and is a sponsor of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. As an advocate of the scientific method, he authored ‘Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality’. As producer and presenter, he made several documentary series for Pakistan Television aimed at popularizing science as well as for analyzing the Pakistani education system. He heads a book publishing organization in Lahore focusing on modern thought and human rights.


1 Scientists and India’s Nuclear Bomb ( M.V. Ramana )

2 The coming of the Atomic Age to Pakistan ( Zia Mian )  

3 Pakistan : Climbing the nuclear Ladder ( Pervez Hoodbhoy )

4 Pakistan : Understanding the ‘ World’s Fastest growing Arsenal ( Pervez Hoodbhoy )

5 Kashmir : From Nuclear flashpoint to south Asia’s Bridge of Peace ?  ( Pervez Hoodbhoy )

6 Nationalism and the Bomb ( Pervez Hoodbhoy )

7 Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the ‘ Islamic bomb ‘  (Pervez Hoodbhoy )

8 Post bin laden : The safety and Security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal ( Pervez Hoodbhoy )

9 Commanding and Controlling Nuclear Weapons  ( Zia Mian ) 

10 The Infeasibility of Early Warning  ( Zia Mian , R. Rajaraman , and M.v. Ramana )

11 Pakistan’s Battlefield Use of nuclear Weapons ( Zia Mian and A.H. Nayyar )

12 What nuclear war Could do to South Asia

( Matthew Mckinzie, Zia Mian , A.H. Nayyar , and M.V. Ramana )

13  Pakistan’s Nuclear Diplomacy and the Fissile Material Cut-off treaty ( Zia Mian  and A.H.Ramana ) 

14 Speculations on the future of Global Disarmament   ( Pervez Hoodbhoy And Zia Mian )

15 America, Global Domination, and Global Disarmament  ( Pervez Hoodbhoy And Zia Mian )

16 Nuclear Electricity is Not the Answer for Pakistan ?  ( Pervez Hoodbhoy )

17 Nuclear Electricity is Not the Answer for India ( Suvrat Raju )