02 October, 2020

Bull's Eye

Natwar Singh is a man in a hurry. He seems to be carrying out an agenda. Does Natwar Singh himself know whose interests he would be serving if his ...

Bull's Eye
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Natwar Singh is a man in a hurry. He seems to be carrying out an agenda. Does Natwar Singh himself know whose interests he would be serving if his agenda was implemented?

In his first press conference as the external affairs minister, he announced the need for a Common Nuclear Doctrine between China, India and Pakistan. A journalist asked him to spell out the doctrine. Natwar Singh replied that it was still at "a nascent philosophical stage". In other words, it has not been formulated. It later transpired that it had not even been discussed with the PM or cabinet colleagues. Then why announce a proposal that had been neither discussed nor formulated? Government spin doctors said that the proposal was a follow-up on Rajiv Gandhi's goal of creating a nuclear-free world.

Nonsense! In pursuit of Rajiv Gandhi's goal, India's nuclear leverage could have been used in the initial stages to pressure the five nuclear powers for total, phased disarmament under UN control. After Pakistan became a nuclear power, that leverage was lost. It can be reclaimed only if India and...

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