Wednesday, June 23, 2010

National Security: Facing Pakistan's Nuclear Dragon

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 Facing the dragon
India should prepare for the worst consequences of opposing the China-Pak nuclear deal, says N.V.Subramanian.

18 June 2010: If what a section of the press reports is true, India then has taken a very significant and consequential step in diplomatically conveying to the Chinese its reservations about China's prospective nuclear deal with Pakistan. The United States has indicated opposing the deal at the coming NSG meeting after having equivocated on it, and it is not clear if the Indian hardness follows the American decision.

When pointedly asked about the nuclear deal, Manmohan Singh, who had obtained one previously from the United States, said he had no objection. This writer in a commentary two days ago felt the prime minister should judiciously have said "no comments" which would have expressed his disapproval. Now from a position of "no objection" to taking umbrage at the deal, if media reports are to be believed, reveals a flippancy and a lack of serious application to so serious a matter as a potentially proliferative nuclear arrangement between China and Pakistan, which is inexcusable.

N.V.Subramanian is Editor,, and writes internationally on strategic affairs. He has authored two novels, University of Love (Writers Workshop, Calcutta) and Courtesan of Storms (Har-Anand, Delhi).
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Facing the dragon- India should prepare for the worst consequences of opposing the China-Pak nuclear deal

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