India: And Now For The Fallout

Its nuclear tests may bring more trouble than it bargained for

If India was after attention, it got it. But if it was after respect, it may have failed miserably. Shocking the world with a series of nuclear tests beginning on May 11, India seemed to be trying to propel itself into the ranks of the nuclear powers. Instead, it found itself a pariah as the U.S. imposed sanctions and Japan cut off development aid to New Delhi's two-month-old government. Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee may have given nationalists reason to cheer with its bold move to elevate itself onto the world stage. But India now faces grave consequences.

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