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Saving the future

Updated: December 29, 2016 4:05 pm

In 1947, when India emerged as a free country to take its rightful place in the comity of nations, the nuclear age had already dawned. Our leaders then took the crucial decision to opt for self-reliance, and freedom of thought and action. We rejected the Cold War paradigm whose shadows were already appearing on the horizon and instead of aligning ourselves with either bloc, chose the more difficult path of non-alignment. This has required the building up of national strength through our own resources, our skills and creativity and the dedication of the people. Among the earliest initiatives taken by our first Prime Minister Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, was the development of science and inculcation of the scientific spirit. It is this initiative that laid the foundation for the achievement of “Operation Shakti” project of 1998, made possible by exemplary cooperation among the scientists from Department of Atomic Energy and Defence Research & Development Organisation. Disarmament was then and continues to be a major plank in our foreign policy now. It was, in essence and remains still, the natural course for a country that had waged a unique struggle for independence on the basis of ‘ahimsa’ and ‘satyagraha’.

india’s disarmament policy

Dr. N.M. Ghatate

Ocean

Price : `500     

Pages : 304

Development of nuclear technology transformed the nature of global security. Our leaders reasoned that nuclear weapons were not weapons of war, these were weapons of mass destruction. A nuclear weapon-free world would, therefore, enhance not only India’s security but also the security of all nations. This is the principal plank of our nuclear policy.  In this backdrop, the book India’s Disarmament Policy by Dr. N. M. Ghatate is a timely monologue. The book examines India’s role in negotiations and its contribution on various aspects of this issue. The various nuances of disarmament – establishment of negotiations, machinery, suspension of nuclear tests, proliferation of nuclear weapons, establishment of nuclear-free zones, reduction of nuclear and conventional weapons, international control of atomic energy and establishment of international police force – have been studied minutely in the book. It also deals with India’s opposition to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), etc. Finally, various bilateral and multilateral treaties in the sphere of arms control and its reduction are discussed and specifically the controversial Indo-US Deal 2008, and its impact on India’s Disarmament Policy.

The book seems to be highly appreciable of the works done in this area by our late 1st prime minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and the then Defence minister V. K. Menon, which is a fact. The book needed to had a thorough proof reading help, as it contains many mistakes. But, in a nutshell this book provides a thorough knowledge of the matter and will be an interesting read for students, researchers and other people working in this area.

by Nilabh krishn

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