Inch­ing To­wards In­clu­sion

India Today - - MAIL -

Modi’s cal­i­brated diplo­macy can com­pel Barack Obama to rec­om­mend In­dia’s case for mem­ber­ship of the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG in Sight). In­dia’s record on nu­clear pro­lif­er­a­tion is im­pec­ca­ble. By con­trast, Pak­istan has been ac­cused by US of­fi­cials of sup­ply­ing nu­clear tech­nol­ogy to North Korea for mil­i­tary pur­poses while a weekly there al­leged sci­en­tist A.Q. Khan had meet­ings with Al Qaeda mem­bers. If China and Pak­istan do thwart In­dia’s chances of join­ing the NSG, then we might as well sign the NPT to clinch NSG mem­ber­ship. China is unim­pressed with the mer­its of In­dia’s ap­pli­ca­tion to the NSG and con­tin­ues to ar­gue on the tech­ni­cal point of only NPT sig­na­to­ries go­ing on to be­come mem­bers. De­spite Pak­istan’s ag­gres­sive pro­lif­er­a­tion record, China in­sists on it be­ing al­lowed in the group if In­dia is. The only so­lu­tion for New Delhi is to ap­pease Bei­jing by adopt­ing a give-and-take ap­proach on nig­gling is­sues the two coun­tries have had as emerg­ing re­gional pow­ers. nu­clear catas­tro­phe. about is the am­biva­lent clause listed by Lt Gen Khalid Kid­wai (retd), which jus­ti­fies the use of tac­ti­cal nu­clear weapons in case of eco­nomic dam­age caused to Pak­istan by In­dia. This has the po­ten­tial to dis­tract at­ten­tion from the press­ing do­mes­tic prob­lems of our neigh­bour while dou­bling up as an in­sur­ance pol­icy in case of a re­duc­tion in the Pak­istani army’s bud­get al­lot­ment. Pak­istan’s tac­ti­cal nu­clear weapons pro­gramme, the main mo­tive be­hind its non-ac­ces­sion to the Fis­sile Ma­te­rial Cut-off Treaty, also places dis­pro­por­tion­ate re­spon­si­bil­ity in the hands of field-level com­man­ders. China’s con­demnable de­ci­sion to sup­port Pak­istan’s po­si­tion is fur­ther em­bold­en­ing it. Modi’s re­cent meet­ing with Barack Obama was in the same vein as the pre­vi­ous six en­gage­ments, with the US de­sist­ing from speak­ing strongly against Pak­istan and In­dia get­ting to name its neigh­bour in the joint re­port. This time, the ex­change went a step fur­ther and ne­go­ti­a­tions were ini­ti­ated be­tween West­ing­house and Nu­clear Power Cor­po­ra­tion for six nu­clear re­ac­tors. While the govern­ment has been fo­cus­ing on NSG, it has not dis­cussed the im­pli­ca­tions of join­ing MTCR for In­dia, such as restric­tions.

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