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BJP MP Subramanian Swamy Says Nuclear 'no First Use' Policy Review Necessary, Makes 1998 Vs 2019 Comparison

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Published:

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  • The Defence Minister on Thursday said that no first use nuclear policy will depend on the circumstances
  • Responding on the statement Subramanian Swamy said that India can review the policy if need be
  • Relations between nuclear neighbours India and Pakistan came on an edge after India abrogated Article 370

Hours after Defence Minister said that India's stance on the nuclear policy might change in future in view of future circumstances, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said that govt must review the nuclear policy as Pakistan's leadership is more puzzled than that from the time of Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.

Speaking to Republic TV, Swamy said: "Rajnath is a very sobre and cutious person, he speaks anything after much thinking. When Vajpayee was there Musharaff was there on the other side. Today after abrogation of Article 370, Pakistan is judging everything irrationally. Suppose we get information that Pakistan is going to strike then what will we say that that we will strike second, that cannot happen. Govt will definately review."

Here is what he tweeted: 

Rajnath Singh's big statement on India's nuclear policy: 'Have adhered to no-first-use, future depends on circumstances'

In a big statement from the Defence Minister on nuclear policy of India on Friday August 16, said that no first use policy will depend on the circumstances and the future.  The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while speaking to news agency at Pokhran where he went to pay his tribute to late former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary said : "This is the truth that India's stand as much as Nuclear policy is concerned has remained 'no first policy' but what will happen in future will depend on the circumstances in the future." Atal Bihari Vajpayee conducted Nuclear Test in May 1998 in Pokhran when he was the Prime Minister.

The Defence Minister also tweeted about the same and paid tribiutes to Former PM. BJP-led government has so far not proposed any change in the nuclear doctrine or the No First Use (NFU) on which India’s declaratory nuclear doctrine is based, however, in 2014 election manifesto, it had promised to “study in detail India’s nuclear doctrine, and revise and update it, to make it relevant to challenges of current times.”

The relation between the nuclear neighbours India and Pakistan came on an edge after India abrogated Article 370 and bifurcated the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories. While New Delhi said categorically to domestic and international platform alike that it is India's internal matter, Pakistan has called the 'unilateral' move as 'illegal' and has taken a number of actions against India including downgrading trade ties. Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) also banned the airing of advertisements featuring Indian artists and India-made products and banned sale of Indian movie CDs.

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