Once Excluded From the Club, India Pursues Global Status as a Nuclear Power

Looking for invitation to the club: Having developed its own intercontinental ballistic missile, India seeks entry to the global Missile Technology Control Regime, while rival China parades its own ICBMs

India tested its first nuclear device in 1974 and then in 1998 conducted three nuclear tests, defying an international ban and prompting condemnation. India’s experiences over the next two decades demonstrate the futility of restrictions against a very determined nation, explains independent security consultant Debalina Ghoshal. The country overcame international barriers to develop sophisticated long-range missiles that could deliver a nuclear payload to distant targets. India also developed a reputation for practicing non-proliferation and securing its nuclear stockpile. Reports confirm the country has applied for membership in the Missile Technology Control Regime – an informal and voluntary association that began in 1987 and later presented barriers to India’s missile development. The association now includes 35 countries that share the goal of non-proliferation of unmanned systems capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction. Having succeeded in overcoming barriers and building its own missiles, India wants to join the regime to continue building a nonproliferation reputation and also develop export markets for missiles and defense systems in Southeast and West Asia, especially for countries that seek to counter China. – YaleGlobal