19 January, 2021


FOR a cynical city like Delhi to disgorge over 5,000 of its residents onto its streets on the hot, humid morning of August 6 for a fundamentally moral cause like global nuclear disarmament was a heartening sight for a handful of us who had set out to organise the citizens' march to mark that horrific event when the US had devastated Hiroshima as the world's first nuclear target when World War II was already reaching its inevitable end. The target of the citizens' rally was not just the US but also our own government and nuclear-security establishment which have callously invited the distinct possibility of turning some of our own cities, including Delhi, into smouldering, radioactive Hiroshimas. It will not be much of a recompense for any survivors of a nuclear weapons exchange to see that Islamabad or Karachi have also been turned into Hiroshimas along with Delhi or Bombay. The security-mongers have only succeeded in making every Indian citizen more insecure!

Our top security guru, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and his brethren were predictably agitated at the very thought of...



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