Govt unlikely to change its no-first-use nuke policy

Government is unlikely to change its no-first-use nuclear doctrine which was adopted in 1998 although a suggestion to this effect was made in Parliament by former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh.

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 17:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Government is unlikely to
change its no-first-use nuclear doctrine which was adopted in
1998 although a suggestion to this effect was made in
Parliament by former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh.

Pressing for a revision of the nuclear policy "with a
sense of urgency", particularly of the no-first-use doctrine
formulated by the NDA government, Singh had said yesterday
"...(Nuclear) policy of the NDA is greatly in need of revision
...Please hold broader consultations," and added, "Time will
not wait for us."

Asked about the remarks, National Security Advisor
Shivshanker Menon said, "I have seen the suggestion and I
think we will actually look at it.

"We will also ask him what he sees as an alternative.

Then we will see where we take it from there."

After its nuclear tests in 1998, India adopted the
policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons.

However, India`s nuclear policy currently states that
even though there will be no-first-use of nuclear weapons by
it, "nuclear retaliation to a first strike will be massive and
designed to inflict unacceptable damage".

Delving in the nuclear issue, Singh had also said
while India has only 50-60 warheads, Pakistan has 100-110
warheads whose location even the US was not aware of.

PTI