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India’s dangerous idea

Dear Sunil,

I think we can both agree that India’s recent nuclear tests were an attempt by a shaky coalition government to prop itself up for a few more months. But it has been hard for me to recognise what you describe as “legitimate strategic and security reasons” behind India’s nuclear programme. The truth is that India has made more enemies than friends after 50 years as a dysfunctional democracy. Its immediate neighbours see it as a bully. In this, India probably suffers the fate of all large countries surrounded by small ones, but then its actions…

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