1. Policy on first use of nuclear option should be retained by us, says BJP MP Subramanian Swamy

Policy on first use of nuclear option should be retained by us, says BJP MP Subramanian Swamy

Firebrand Indian politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party today said that that while No First Use (NFU) of nuclear weapon is okay but if faced with a crazy leadership in Pakistan then the policy of first use should be retained by India.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 14, 2016 11:05 AM
 (Reuters) Veteran BJP leader and MP Dr. Subramanian Swamy (Reuters)

Firebrand Indian politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party today said that that while No First Use (NFU) of nuclear weapon is okay but if faced with a crazy leadership in Pakistan then the policy of first use should be retained by India. This coming from someone like Subramanian Swamy is no surprise, but the question is how different would it be even if India exercises its present status quo.

India’s NFU policy is part of its nuclear doctrine. Under the doctrine, India has a policy of credible minimum deterrence based on a ‘No First Use’ posture and non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states. This means that India won’t be the first to use nuclear weapons in a conflict. In contrast, Pakistan does not have an NFU policy for its nuclear arsenal.

Earlier today India’s defence minister Mnaohar Parrikar had said that India should be a reponsible nuclear power and should not enter in the debate of no first use. This, he said was his personal opinion since he is also an individual first. In the election manifesto of the BJP before going to polls in 2014 it had promised to “study in detail India’s nuclear doctrine, and revise and update it, to make it relevant to challenges of current times.”

Be it Swamy or Parrikar, whether this kind statement will cause any damage to India’s bid for membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), is yet to be seen.

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