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Prof. R. V. R. Chandrasekhara Rao says even if the exigencies put asymmetrical pressure on Pakistan, India cannot afford to trifle with the implications of Pakistan signing the CTBT
Given the stratospheric flying of the present Indian government towards a global nuclear power status it is advisable that it turns back before its Icarus wings get melted. In any case, the current misgivings about the acceptance of the CTBT reminds one of the British colonial policy in this century when Britain started with a 'never' for granting freedom to its colonies, then climbing down to a not 'now', ultimately saying 'freedom now'.
In any case, the ambitions of a global nuclear status seem ill-suited to a nation that acquired international respect for its championing of global nuclear disarmament, authenticated by its own earlier commitment to nuclear renunciation. Even if one concedes the argument that the nuclear 'haves' let India down badly by not showing any disposition to disarm, it still remains an exercise in terminological inexactitude to claim that if only the 'haves' have demonstrated a sincere effort to denuclearise, India would even have remained an innocent sanyasi, nuclear-wise. The plain fact is that greater power hypocrisy perhaps provided a shield for
The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its inherent inequity in endorsing vertical proliferation while embargoing horizontal proliferation marked the end of the halcyon days of high moral tone for
Came the CTBT conference in
The economic sanctions now in place may hurt differently both the states. Even if the exigencies on this ground put asymmetrical pressure on
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