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Nuclear calm

Thanks to the subcontinent's pervasive fatalism, people on both sides remained worryingly calm during the nuclear stand-off

By Pervez Hoodbhoy   July 2002

Nuclear tensions in the sub-continent are now down a couple of notches and some semblance of normalcy has returned. But, even at the peak of the crisis, few Indians or Pakistanis lost much sleep. Stock markets flickered, but there was no run on the banks or panic buying of necessities. Schools and colleges, which close at the first hint of a real crisis, functioned normally. We saw the crisis as more of the usual, with the rhetoric just a bit fiercer.

The outside world saw it in very different terms-as a potentially suicidal struggle between two nuclear armed states, inexperienced…

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