India Quarterly: A Journal of International Affairs, Sage Publications, Vol. 69, 2, June 2013, pp. 200-202.
Arun Vishwanathan, Assistant Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore
Speaking of the aftermath of a nuclear exchange, Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev is believed to have said, ‘The living will envy the dead.’ This statement captures the debilitating impact of the use of nuclear weapons. Brigadier Anil Chauhan in his book Aftermath of a Nuclear Attack has succeeded in contributing to a better understanding of this complex issue. The author draws upon much of the existing technical and non-technical literature to provide the reader with a holistic picture of immediate and long-term effects of nuclear explosions and the mechanisms in India to respond to such an exigency.