Reckless India and its Nukes

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It’s a known fact that India conducted its first nuclear tests with a device derived partially from Canadian exports designated for peaceful purposes. India deliberately deceived the world along with Canada by breaking the trust of sane world. This was the very incident that prompted the United States and several other countries to found the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in May 1974 to severely restrict global nuclear trade. 47 years on, today’s India is fast turning itself into a ‘black market’ for uranium.

It’s been over two months that four Nepalese nationals were arrested in Kathmandu with 2.5 kgs of smuggled uranium. It rung alarms globally and the illicit business of nuclear smuggling and proliferation was once again pointing its fingers towards impotent nuclear security mechanisms of India. India being major beneficiary of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) as well as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the disastrous ill trade has been going on for years.

This was not the first time and will not be the last incident of such nature unless India seriously ponders upon its reckless attitude towards the security mechanism of the nukes. The incidents, over the years, have been simply exposing India’s patchy safety and security record and raise questions on the security measures around its nuclear facilities. Importantly, today’s India is in the control of the ultranationalist extremist government of Bhartya Janta Party that is daydreaming about Maha-Bharat or Greater India.

It is need of the hour that IAEA must probe into the existing anomalies of the Indian nuclear program. India has been an active customer in the nuclear black market. The state must regulate nuclear material, else it will be considered complicit to the illegal sale as well as any disaster resulting from it. In the modern world, as humans, we all need to be extra cautious about matters of dire nature. A reckless India with nukes in hand, is like a time bomb ticking, ready to explode anytime in the future.

 

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