03 December, 2020

Between The Dotted Lines

India says it may renegotiate, but isn't that indulging in the hypocrisy it accused others of?

Between The Dotted Lines

ON May 11 and 13, it was the Indians. On May 28, it was the Pakistanis' turn. The 10 tests between the two neighbours within just 17 days shattered the world's arms control agenda, effected through the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).Though the latter is yet to come into force, it forms the West's bulwark against nuclear tests.

Two years after the CTBT vanished from the front pages of newspapers, it is back in the limelight. In 1996, India had braved international criticism and refused to sign the treaty. But following its five tests, India at least is talking in terms of signing it, or showing some inclination to do so. Pakistan has yet to declare its post-test stance on the CTBT. Its old line was that it was willing to sign, provided the Indians did so too.

However, much water has flown under the bridge since May 11, when the principal secretary to the prime minister, Brajesh Mishra, announced that India was prepared to adhere to some provisions of the CTBT. "This...



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