Defence Beyond Design: Contours of India’s Nuclear Safety & Security

Sitakanta Mishra

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This book scrutinises the realm of safety-security involving ‘nuclear power’ within the context of India’s tryst with nuclear energy. Relying on open source information, it examines the efficacy of the safety-security arrangement in and around India’s nuclear installations, keeping in mind the international best practices.

As India has embarked on a civil nuclear expansion programme, the public concern for safety and security of nuclear facilities and material is obvious, especially in the backdrop of terrorist incidents and the Fukushima disaster. This poses a serious challenge to garnering greater domestic support for new nuclear projects with international collaborations.

Here an attempt is made to examine the issues involving social acceptance of nuclear energy, safe disposal of nuclear waste, regulatory practices, and likely challenges ahead for India, to propose a new nuclear safety-security paradigm by looking beyond the usual ‘defence by design’ or ‘defence in-depth’ practice.

Sitakanta Mishra Dr. Sitakanta Mishra is currently an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU), Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Previously, he was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi, and a Guest Faculty at the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He was also the Associate Editor of the Indian Foreign Affairs Journal published by the Association of Indian Diplomats, New Delhi.

Dr. Mishra received his PhD from the Centre for South Asian Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi in 2011. He was a Visiting Research Scholar at the Cooperative Monitoring Centre, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, during September-December 2013, and CRDF (USA) Visiting Scholar during April-August 2014. He is the South Asia Liaison of the International Network of Emerging Nuclear Specialists (INENS), London.

Dr Mishra has authored several books, monographs, chapters, and national and international research papers related to nuclear safety-security, terrorism, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, cruise missiles, Indian foreign policy, and South Asian affairs. He is also involved in the Indo-Pak Track-II dialogue.


1. Safety-Security-Safeguards: The Intricate Interface
2. Civil Nuclear Network: A Reality Check
3. Siting of Nuclear Power Plants: Modus Operandi
4. Contours of Nuclear Safety: Defence In-depth
5. Security of Nuclear Facilities: The Envelope
6. Waste Management: A Gordian Knot?
7. Social Acceptance Fuss: A Challenging Opportunity
8. Post-Fukushima Discourse: Let’s Not Feed Political Panic
9. Defence Beyond Design: Towards A New Paradigm



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