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PR Chari, the nuclear disarmament advocate, died

Jul 27, 2015 10:15 IST

PR Chari, the ardent nuclear disarmament advocate, died on 24 July 2015 in New Delhi. He was 79.

Known for promoting a consensual approach on the nuclear issue, he was a world-class and very wise strategic thinker.

He was a former IAS officer who served two terms in the Defence Ministry and was also a former Director of the Institute of Defence and Strategic Analysis (IDSA) from 1975 to 1980.

After retiring from the service in 1992, he took to writing extensively on the subject of disarmament. According to the IDSA website, he published more than 1400 op-ed articles and more than 130 monographs and major papers abroad and in India.

In one of his last papers written for Carnegie Endowments, he critiqued India's nuclear doctrine, faulting it for "lack of transparency" and "focus of objectives", and called for a full review of it.

PR Chari was also a co-founder of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies in Delhi, and mentored scholars there till the end.

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Who: Nuclear disarmament advocate PR Chari

Where: New Delhi

What: Died

When: 24 July 2015

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