As chairman of the US Senate’s Arms Control Subcommittee, Larry Pressler advocated the popular Pressler Amendment which was enforced in 1990 when President George H.W. Bush could not certify that Pakistan was not developing a nuclear weapon.
the tenor of the United States’ relationships with Pakistan and India was forever changed when Aid and military sales to Pakistan were blocked, including a consignment of F-16 fighter aircraft,making Pressler ‘a temporary hero throughout India and a devil in Pakistan’.
Through a cast of characters that include presidents, prime ministers, senators and generals in the US, India and Pakistan this title reveals what went on behind the scenes in the years when the Pressler Amendment was in force.
It exposes the enormous power wielded by the military-industrial complex, which the author terms ‘Octopus’ and how it controls significant aspects of the American presence in the Indian subcontinent.
Senator Larry Pressler was born and raised on a farm in South Dakota. The first in his family to attend college, he interrupted his Rhodes Scholarship in Oxford to enlist in the US Army and serve two combat tours in VietnamElected twice to the House of Representatives and later to the US Senate for three terms, among his signature achievements were the Pressler Amendment, which briefly halted the spread of nuclear weapons in the 1990s and the epochal Telecommunications Act of 1996 which enabled the start of the Internet. He has remained active in India and was a member of the board of directors of Infosys Technologies Ltd from 2000 to 2006.