India's rapidly growing international profile has raised concerns about the potential expansion of its nuclear capabilities, but such expectations are unfounded. Indian strategic culture is minimalistic, the product of decades of slow growth and a firmly grounded policy of non-deployment. Lack of doctrinal clarity about the requirements of minimum deterrence does provide space for expansion. A drive for nuclear enlargement could come from two sources: the military and the technical bureaucracy. But the former is under tight civilian control, while the latter is divided and lacks the kind of influence that will push policy-makers toward significant growth.
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