Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday after visiting Pokhran spoke to news agency ANI saying that until today the country's nuclear policy is 'No First Use', but circumstances will tell if the policy will hold true for the future as well. "Till today, our nuclear policy is 'No First Use'. What happens in the future depends on the circumstances."
He had also tweeted about this position on Friday.
Republic TV spoke to Major Gaurav Arya (Retd) who said spoke extensively about India's nuclear policy.
"See there are few things we need to understand, India is not used to making irresponsible statements on this matter whereas Pakistan is. So a Pakistan cabinet minister will very easily discuss nuclear war etc but in India, these things are never discussed, even privately. Now, what has happened is that Rajnath Singh has said we have the rights to (use nuclear weapons). You know this is an evolving response as far as nuclear weapons are concerned. This will further spook Pakistan as till now India used to say we will only use nuclear weapons if we are attacked by nuclear weapons. Today there isn't 'No First Use' policy, we don't know what the future holds.
"This is a very clear indication saying that everything is on the table and we as a nation reserve the right to present you the response, it could be preemptive, that is the key. In nuclear weapons strike, whether you talk about second-strike capability, that is under the sea, from the air or from the (unclear). Second one is who is initiating it till now. The case was China, Pakistan or an enemy nation will attack us and we then we respond. Today, Rajnath Singh says that need not be the case, we decide our response, we don't know what the future holds. It could very much be that India feels threatened, India could be the first one to use so that is a broad hint... We have a very big set of Generals in Rawalpindi who will be very pissed," he said.