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India's Modi says committed to no first use of nuclear weapons

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  1. illusion8

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    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi said he was committed to a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons, seeking to assuage concern after his Hindu nationalist BJP party vowed to revise the nuclear doctrine if elected to power.


    India declared itself a nuclear weapons state after carrying out tests in the summer of 1998, which were followed by tests by Pakistan. Since then both have been developing nuclear weapons and testing longer range missiles.

    "It is necessary to be powerful - not to suppress anyone, but for our own protection," Modi said in an interview with the ANI television service.

    But he said he would pursue a policy of continuity based on the approach of former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who declared a policy of no first use of nuclear weapons after ordering the tests.

    "No first use was a great initiative of Atal Bihari Vajpayee - there is no compromise on that. We are very clear. No first use is a reflection of our cultural inheritance," Modi told ANI.



    Read more: India's Modi says committed to no first use of nuclear weapons - Business Insider


    Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Apr.16 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Wednesday struck a statesman like tone, when he said he wanted to bury a thorny personal relationship with the United States (U.S.) and build on a future that will keep New Delhi's interest at the top.

    Modi wants to bury hatchet with U.S., seeks to build on future(ANI Exclusive Interview) - Yahoo News India
     
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    If he is able to do half what he is preaching, India will stand changed forever.

    I will keep my fingers crossed and vote for BJP.
     
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    I don't think he has made any promises yet, other than work hard for India and look after it's interests. Let's see how he approached foreign policy.
     
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    Ah that's ok, but make sure no swine survives our retaliation.
     
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    You know, most of us get confused about the No-first-use policy that Vajpayee ji mentioned during the haydays of Indian political power.

    The thing is, it clearly outlines under what circumstances this policy will be maintained and what not. Let's put it down here for everyone's education:

    - If the attacking country is a non-nuclear state and initiates aggression unilaterally, the confrontation in retaliation will remain non-nuclear upto acceptable levels of cost (not specific and can be used any time).

    - In case the aggressor is a nuclear weapons state and threatens the India with the same, so much as even initiates it, the policy will be reviewed.

    Which means that technically, there is no 'we won't use nukes' mentioned there.
     
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    AAP toh bade Kamine nikle :partay:
    On topic
    FP should be decided by experts
     
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    He goes against BJP's manifesto on NFU - smartplay or the normal cooling down that we usually witness after someone becomes the leader?..

    NAMO is an expert.
     
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    I think it is strategic surprise. Any country knows that these agreements will not hold a candle if it came to that level. The only difference is that Pakistan openly admits and claims it while we say the same in a more confusing and ambiguous manner.

    Tell me something; if in a full scale war where our territories were being lost in miles and miles, do you really think that any government won't resort to a nuclear strike? All will. The whole point of nuclear strike is to make sure that the attacking country sustains critical damage to such an extent that it retreats back. And that is the reason why we are still one country not torn apart.
     
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    Non first use is a good posture to maintain for the next few decades at least for obvious reasons.
     
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    That's smart play, he ain't giving anything concrete.
    However, he is giving the areas where he wil work. Including focus on indigenisation - that can be a game changer.

    Coming to nfu, there is enough and rational understanding of what Indian policy is about. Fine tuning may mean setting hard thresholds and making those understand who needs understanding.
     
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    Dont worry, thats already included in our doctrine !


    PS: Good decision by Namo :tup:
     
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    I always believe "no first use" is just a deception, no one gonna wait to be stroked if they get clear intelligence about enemy preparation for a nuke attack.

    Its always good to use more ethical terms till push comes to shove.
     
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    I hope such a situation doesnt arise and if it does , then we should have some hawkish laws to protect our sovereignty. :)
     
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    NFU makes perfect sense against non nuclear states - but needs revision against nuclear ones.