Possible nuclear conflict in South Asia
TSouth HE United States has warned against the risk of a nuclear conflict in
Asia with State Department spokesman claiming Washington was concerned by the increased security challenges that accompany growing stockpiles and the increased risk that a conventional conflict between India and Pakistan could escalate to include nuclear use.
Echoing similar concerns about possibility of any nuclear war in the world, during his visit to Hiroshima last month, which bore the brunt of misuse of nuclear technology by the United States, US President Barack Obama opined that technology as devastating as the nuclear arms, demands a ‘moral revolution’. However, seventy years down the history, there is little to support that the world is moving towards that moral revolution. Policies and actions of the United States itself run contrary to what President Obama espouses on the issue as he lectures others about nuclear morality but his administration takes steps to endanger regional and world peace. The policy of the United States on civil nuclear cooperation with India and going out of the way to seek India’s entry into NSG folds is classic example of double standards on nuclear issues. There is, of course, spectre of nuclear conflict in South Asia but the question arises what the United States is doing to avoid it or is just trying to squeeze Pakistan. Generous cooperation being extended to India in the realm of nuclear technology in the name of civil nuclear cooperation would sharpen New Delhi’s nuclear teeth and Pakistan would understandably forced to take measures to safeguard its security interests. NSG membership for India would also be a step towards that direction, making South Asia more vulnerable to any nuclear conflict. If the United States is genuinely interested to prevent nuclear conflict in South Asia, it should adopt a just and even handed approach to nuclear issue in the region.
IN the present atmosphere prevail ing in the country, everything is being politicised, whether the dubious land deals or the racist attacks against African students. Unfortunately, truth is the casualty. Sonia Gandhi has said that the criticism of her son-in-law, Robert Vadra, is political and is directed against the Congress party she heads. Her love for the dynasty has made her ignore the facts. Vadra got land papers changed when the Congress was in power in Haryana. The land was requisitioned for public interests in Gurgaon. And then state government in power gave it to Vadra who made crores of rupees by selling the lands to builders.
A bold IAS officer, Ashok Khemka, brought out the facts but he was punished with innumerable transfers. Now question has been revived because of Vadra’s reported link with an arms dealer in London where he reportedly owns a house. Both Vadra and Sonia Gandhi have denied report and latter has asked for an impartial, independent inquiry. There should be no hitch, because this is what her critics have been demanding.
The Supreme Court should appoint a special investigation team under its supervision to go into the matter. The investigation should be confined to Vadra’s land deals and not spread to other things so that the probe