Bharat Karnad is Professor in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, and author of a number of books, among them, Why India Is Not a Great Power (Yet) [forthcoming], Índia's Nuclear Policy (2008), and Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security, Second edition (2005, 2002). He was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and member of the nuclear doctrine-drafting group and, formerly, adviser, defence expenditure, (10th) Finance Commission. He has been Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
Jaitapur, located on the unspoilt Ratnagiri coast of Maharashtra, is at the confluence of seismic zones 3 and 4, the latter the penultimate category in the national system for assessing earthquake-sensitive areas and identified as a "High Damage Risk Zone". It is also the site prospectively for the largest nuclear power complex in the world, expected to pump 9,900 MW of electricity into the national grid.