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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

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

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DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620283.003.0003

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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