In India: a pandemic is no reason to give up nuclear retaliation


The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has led many countries to think about their defense and security strategies in the changing environment. In India, they emphasize that with all the peacefulness of the country, one should not think that a pandemic will interfere with nuclear retaliation if necessary.


The second most populous country in the world, India, like many other states, is currently in quarantine. Social distance is considered by the Indian authorities as one of the most effective measures to counter the pandemic, and videos about how Indian police drive home quarantine violators have gone around the world. Nevertheless, the spread of the coronavirus and the fight against it should not affect the nuclear doctrine of the Indian state.

Diseases are diseases, and India is immediately adjacent to two potential and very dangerous adversaries - Pakistan and China. Both are nuclear powers, which is why nuclear weapons are traditionally given special attention in modern India.

Currently, India has at least 100 nuclear warheads in a state of alert, as well as sufficient resources to produce about the same amount.

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The traditional peacefulness of the Indian leadership has always been an additional deterrent: in 1958, more than 60 years ago, Jawaharlal Nehru noted that India has the opportunity to quickly create its own atomic bomb, but it will never make independent efforts for this. After 12 years, Indira Gandhi repeated his words, but in 1979, after nuclear weapons China and Pakistan have already acquired, India was nevertheless forced to move from peaceful nuclear tests to the implementation of a program to create nuclear weapons.


Leading researcher at the Center for Energy Research in New Delhi, Manprit Sethi, in his article, notes the wisdom of the Indian leadership in organizing nuclear deterrence forces. As Sethi emphasizes, the Indian government believes that nuclear weapons have limited usefulness, as it is very dangerous, and considers the possibility of their use only as a retaliatory measure after they are used by any other state against India. Therefore, New Delhi refrains from large-scale financing of its nuclear projects, although it understands the need to maintain nuclear forces in good condition.

The position of the Indian leadership is based on the basic principles of Indian philosophy, which has always been characterized by a humane attitude to any living thing, the desire to preserve the lives of people and the planet as a whole. Indeed, the use of nuclear weapons will be fraught with such a catastrophe, in comparison with which the coronavirus pandemic will seem like an absolutely insignificant event.

As Manprit Sethi emphasizes, now, in the context of a global pandemic, it is time to think about the prospects for reducing nuclear arsenals. Coronavirus showed the limitations of the isolationist approach to ensuring national security, since the whole modern world is closely connected in various planes and no state will be able to ensure its invulnerability from the challenges and risks that threaten all of humanity.

In fact, India would be ready to abandon its nuclear weapons if there were no threats from neighboring states. But the geographical position of India, the long borders with China and Pakistan do not allow the Indian state to make the final choice in favor of renouncing nuclear weapons.

None of India’s adversaries should think that fighting a pandemic will detract from the possibility of nuclear retaliation,

- emphasizes Manprit Sethi, speaking about the position of the Indian government regarding nuclear weapons. And, perhaps, in the current situation, such an approach is indeed optimal.
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  1. Keeping April 20 2020 12: 53 New
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    You need to be one step ahead. Why is this retribution necessary if a pre-emptive preventive strike can be launched against both China and Pakistan.
    1. donavi49 April 20 2020 12: 55 New
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      And rightly so. The coronovirus is kind of frail. It is necessary to strengthen the effect of nuclear strikes wassat .
      1. novel66 April 20 2020 13: 00 New
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        how to give a megaton virus !!! not stand, dog!
      2. Zastupnik April 20 2020 16: 10 New
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        Quote: donavi49
        And rightly so. The coronovirus is kind of frail. It is necessary to strengthen the effect of nuclear strikes wassat .

        Hindus, as always, in their repertoire ..
    2. Doccor18 April 20 2020 13: 14 New
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      Quote: Keeping
      You need to be one step ahead. Why is this retribution necessary if a pre-emptive preventive strike can be launched against both China and Pakistan.

      You are right, the nuclear weapons of India and their means of delivery are critical. Without them, the security of India will remain a big question. Friendship against India, Pakistan and the PRC pose a very tangible, real threat. And the lag in conventional weapons in India leaves no choice or to have nuclear weapons constantly ready for use - or collapse.
      1. Nehist April 20 2020 13: 39 New
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        Um, actually, all conflicts were conducted by conventional weapons. Neither India nor China nor Pakistan did use nuclear weapons, even though they possess them and, oddly enough, India emerged victorious against Pakistan and against China
  2. Mavrikiy April 20 2020 13: 05 New
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    India is immediately adjacent to two potential and very dangerous opponents - Pakistan and China.
    They can’t even be compared.
    Now, in a global pandemic, it is time to think about the prospects for reducing nuclear arsenals.
    What does he smoke? The virus has AIDS inserts. (Dear Klesov claims that the virus is natural) They say that bioweapons must be massively and almost instantly deadly, and if this is not the case, then the bats are to blame. A bioweapon can have a delayed destruction of a person, and the goal can be not only death, but also other types of defeat. Conclusion: Used weapons of unknown purpose. And how to disarm here.
  3. sanik2020 April 20 2020 13: 09 New
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    The virus may not stand up, somewhere we find ourselves, even flu is not treated with cyanide.
  4. Proton April 20 2020 13: 12 New
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    Something the virus on the Indians is somehow strange laughing
  5. Al_lexx April 20 2020 13: 21 New
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    The picture is very funny.
    It seems that the whole of India, this is the "Disco Dancer", with Raj Hapur, in addition ..
    This is me, as a perpendicular.
  6. Thrifty April 20 2020 13: 32 New
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    With such neighbors "on the sides" the Indians need to make a wish lol so that the neighbors do not upgrade their nuclear weapons! !! negative
  7. knn54 April 20 2020 14: 03 New
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    A tangle of "good" neighbors. And will there be enough 100 charges on two fronts?
    1. Charik April 20 2020 15: 42 New
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      Enough Pakistan in the dust and China will not be enough
  8. Old26 April 20 2020 15: 02 New
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    Quote: Keeping
    You need to be one step ahead. Why is this retribution necessary if a pre-emptive preventive strike can be launched against both China and Pakistan.

    It is a pity that for such posts you can only put one MINUS. Such a post deserves at least 20 minuses. For how much it is necessary to have a “shifted roof” in order to offer India a pre-emptive strike both against Pakistan and China. Probably you wait and do not wait when this happens? We bought popcorn and cola to watch India cease to exist under the blow of two nuclear countries in which BG is 5 times more than in India ???

    Quote: Al_lexx
    The picture is very funny.
    It seems that the whole of India, this is the "Disco Dancer", with Raj Hapur, in addition ..
    This is me, as a perpendicular.

    And what is it funny for you ???
  9. Butchcassidy April 20 2020 16: 21 New
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    Indians come first in de facto population.
  10. Peter is not the first April 20 2020 18: 03 New
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    And India has the principle that the armored train should be on the siding. A necessary principle for countries that respect their statehood.
  11. frizzy April 20 2020 20: 58 New
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    I was there. For four days I didn’t get out of the pot. Are you talking about nuclear weapons !!!!!
  12. mvg
    mvg April 21 2020 00: 20 New
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    Normally. . And what conclusions the author made interesting.