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Final FrontiersScience Fiction and Techno-Science in Non-Aligned India$
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Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620283

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620283.001.0001

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The uses of weapons

The uses of weapons

(p.73) Chapter Two The uses of weapons
Final Frontiers

Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee


The second chapter begins by considering one of the key challenges facing an independent India – how to balance developmental needs with that militarization. The paradox of militarization was an acute one for a country leading an international movement of peaceful and ‘non-aligned’ co-existence. This paradox provided rich material for the science fiction of the era, where ‘super-weapons’ were often represented in comic-ironic key rather than the dystopic-apocalyptic register familiar to most readers of its Euro-American counterparts.

Keywords:   ‘Super-weapons’, Defence science, Nuclear bombs, ‘Future Wars’, Cold War, Bio-weapons

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