Introduction: nuclear power and atomic publics / Itty Abraham -- Fevered with dreams of the future: the coming of the atomic age to Pakistan / Zia Mian -- India's nuclear enclave and the practice of secrecy / M.V. Ramana -- The social life of a bomb: India and the ontology of an "overpopulated" society / Sankaran Krishna -- Pride and proliferation: Pakistan's nuclear psyche after a. Q. Khan / Ammara Durrani -- The politics of death: the antinuclear imaginary in India / Srirupa Roy -- Pakistan's atomic publics: survey results / Haider Nizamani -- Gods, bombs, and the social imaginary / Raminder Kaur -- Nuclearization and Pakistani popular culture since 1998 / Iftikhar Dadi -- Guardians of the nuclear myth: politics, ideology, and India's strategic community / Karsten Frey.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Since their founding as independent nations, nuclear issues have been key elements of nationalism and the public sphere in both India and Pakistan. Yet the relationship between nuclear arms and civil society in the region is seldom taken into account in conventional security studies. These original and provocative essays examine the political and ideological components of national drives to possess and test nuclear weapons. Equal coverage for comparable issues in each country frames the volume as a genuin.
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