Evolution of India's nuclear policies in the context of changing security perceptions.

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Shyam Saran


National Institute of Advanced Studies, Volume L4, Number 81-87663-70-7, Bangalore (2007)




I wish to thank Dr.Kasturirangan and the National Institute of Advanced Studies, for giving me the honour and privilege delivering the Second Annual Dr.Raja Ramanna Memorial Lecture. This lecture series is destined to become a major intellectual event in the national calendar, providing a welcome opportunity for creative interaction on some of the key challenges of our time. It is most appropriate that this lecture series honours the memory of one of India's great scientists and thinkers of our times, Dr. Raja Ramanna. He was not only a scientist, but a musician and musicologist as well, playing the piano and authoring a sell-known work on the structure of Music and Raga and Western systems. Dr.Ramanna was one of the pioneers of India's nuclear programme since he joined TIFR in 1949 and later the Atomic Energy Programme in 1954. It was under his leadership that India demonstrated its capabilities with the PNE in Pokharan in 1974. he headed the Atomic Energy Commission as its Chairman in the critical years between 1983 to 1987. In 1988, following the completion of Dr. Ramanna's tenure as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, Mr.J.R.D. Tata invited him to be the founder Director of a nes institute in Bangalore called the National Institute of Advanced Studies, and the prestige and respect this institute enjoys today owes much to his guiding hand in those early days. It is my honour to dedicate my lecture today on the Evolution of India's Nuclear Policies, to the memory of this great son of India.


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