Tough to be disarmingly nuclear



Almost everyone opposes nuclear weapons even though there is a strong case for saying they have helped keep the peace in many periods, like the Cold War and even between India and Pakistan.

Indians maintain their traditional moral posture regarding nukes.

A worldpublicopinion.org poll in 2008, showed 62% of Indian supported nuclear weapons abolition — though this was admittedly over 10 percentage points below the global average.

Publics around the World Favor International Agreement To Eliminate All Nuclear Weapons

Official statements begin with the Nehruvian line of calling for global nuclear disarmament, though privately Indian officials are somewhat dismissive of the idea.

What is interesting is growing evidence that Indians are more concerned about proliferation and nuclear threats, especially in their neighbourhood.

This year’s Lowy Institute India poll showed 92% of Indians saying stopping the spread of nuclear weapons was very or fairly important. India Poll 2013

Large numbers also cited nuclear weaponry as the key reason they perceived China as a threat and the third most important reason they saw a threat in Pakistan.

But the weakening of Indian public enthusiasm for nuclear disarmament and a shift to a more realpolitik sentiment is exactly the sort of thing that is making life difficult for the nuclear disarmament movement.

Here are three reasons why Greenham Common, Ground Zero, nuclear winter and all that are fading terms in the new international lexicon.

One is that talk of global extinction because of nuclear war has subsided tremendously with the end of the Cold War. The US and Russia can still wreck the world several times over.

But the sense of this being likely is now low that I doubt any television network would commission and carry a programme like “The Day After” today.

Two, the rise of a new pantheon of emerging powers has meant nuclear disarmament is now intertwined with a whole set of regional power equations and volatile domestic politics that are almost impossible to untangle.

It is noticeable that India, Pakistan, China and Israel are not party to any regional or bilateral nuclear treaties or even negotiations. It’s a global agreement or nothing at all. But even here none will take a leadership role.

Three, the combination of the two above means political momentum in favour of nuclear disarmament is remarkably weak. In the past, a nuclear summit or arms treaties were the ultimate in global statesmanship.

Today, the sense is that it is one among a half-dozen diplomatic issues of roughly equal importance — on the same level as tackling the global financial crisis or averting a terror strike.

Even a developing country leader like Jawaharlal Nehru made pronouncements in the past about nukes.

Today, almost none of them give more than the most symbolic lip service to the cause. There are no votes to be had at home for such talk.

There is not even a sense that a global leadership role in this business makes much sense for a politician looking for a higher profile.

And nuclear abolition may not even make much sense in their neighbourhood — medium sized countries like Pakistan and Azerbaijan are the most sceptical of nuclear abolition.

Europe remains the strongest hub of support for disarmament, but it declines to invest in the nitty gritty of working out how the new emerging nations can be won over at the domestic and political level. A small country like Israel or Ethiopia invests more in understanding and winning over India than the European Union.

Which is why nuclear disarmament is at an ebb tide in the world today. No one is opposed to it but no one is willing to put his neck out for it. The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty has been treading water since 1996.

The Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty is being blocked by Pakistan, ignoring the various pressures that could theoretically be brought against it by the West.

It is a good cause, but one that for the most part whose activists are held together through faith rather than the expectation of anything happening soon.

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  • gg

    what about your debt to the society???you have also had your share of fun?When do you plan to surrender? I am referring to Radia Tapes, loser.

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    Viren Reply:

    LOL Good one…..
    He and his sister Barkha will never do that. And shame of these media houses, who employs them. There is no distinction between political parties and media house. Both have people with criminal background ( I believe who sell thier columns to influence people are bigger criminal )

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  • virkaviru

    lol vir sanghvi…u know all these as you know how media stories got build and you are master in that…

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  • Arya

    I can’t believe that Vir Sangvi has the guts to write after the Radia episode. By the way, what there you telling Barkha?

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  • RK

    ” Now, contrast his situation with the poor Muslims who lived in slums and tenements, who had their homes ransacked, their daughters raped and their relatives killed during the riots.”

    Really? Only Muslims were killed in the riots?

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    Ram Pin Reply:

    Obviously, from a kangressi’s eyes, only Muslim lives are important. The term he needed to use their was ‘People’ – poor people. Thats all. Religion, caste, color, creed – riots do not discriminate, they affect you no matter.

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  • Jai

    Really Vir give up writing and find another job. After all, you have quite a burden of corruption on your shoulders.

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  • Radia ki Mummy

    abe jaake Radia ki tatti saaf kar aur 10 runpath ki toilet ko clean kar dhang se harpic use kario, aur Raoul Baba ki Diaper bhi dho dio. Journalism tere bas ki nahi, isliye nahi ki tere me talent nahi, isliye ki tu hai khangress ka desi k u t t a !!! hurr!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Yes, only Vir Sanghvi and advertised politicians get away for free in independent India. All others pay eventually.

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  • skl

    NO Sympathy for Sanjay Dutt, he MUST pay the price. Any body sympathazing with criminals is a part of that team.

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  • Amit

    Fair article.

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  • Suren Singh Sahni

    In India their is rule of law for some people. How about the corrupt politicians who are murderers rapists and instigators of Genocides ; protectors of culprits involved in Bhopal tragedy police encounters. (Times of India refused to publish this blog). A country’s greatness is judged by the rule of law for all. In India some people are more equal than others.

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  • Devendra Sood

    It is easy for Vir Sanghvi, I don’t know who this Sanghvi guy is – I live in US for last 45 years, to vax eloquent but what about Sanjay Dutt being dragged through the courts for over twenty years.

    Isn’t there a requirement for timely justice? I would have no compunction seeing Sanjay doing his full five years or whatever the punishment might be. But after 20 years….give me a break.

    Any law abiding society, if it wants to follow the law to the letter has a responsibility to meet out that justice in a timely manner. Sanjay has been punished more than enough. And just the courts’ fuc…up is enough to obiate his sentence.

    I am no Sanjay fan. I would say that for any man or woman. Any fair society, if it prides itself to be fair and law abiding, must provide timely justice or let people go. You MUST NOT destroy people’s life just because you can.

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    raj Reply:

    timely justice
    — but he thought he can get free with money & lawyers dragged on case.
    many people in this case, had to be issued arrest warrant for not attending court when summoned. the law gives them more power. many witness became hostile buy taking money. no wonder case is dragged because law does not want a single innocent to he harmed. it was misused by him & his lawyer. How many times he missed court for his film shooting.

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  • JJ

    When one reads Vir’S Write up, it is very objectively written and one must respect him for his views.

    Well written and Well articulated, Vir.. thank you..The Law is Law.. it is the same for all.

    One must respect the Judiciary and not let the Executive waterdown judgements of the Judiciary.( all this Talk about pardon is not fair as then the floddgates would open up).

    As Vir mentioned, good behaviour would deifinitely hep in remission of the sentence . Mr Dutt has shown guts in saying that he will not appeal. Let us respect him for that.

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    raj Reply:

    Mr Dutt has shown guts in saying that he will not appeal
    — hello, its supreme court & he can only file a review petition. He also knows his money, lawyers & political friends are useless, so no use in appeal. if he had accepted his guilt the first day in court, people would hv respected. Lot of tax payers money would hv been saved & it could hv been used for lot of good things. He wasted lot of public money.

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  • RK Sharma

    I feel Dutt suffered enough, Sunil Dutt is also no more to help him and Sunil Dutt did lot of good deeds for country, Sanjay made a wrong judgement call, spent 18 months in Jail and is suffering for last 20 yrs, mental tension itself is a big punishment, in India i haven’t seen any big person suffer that much and he was not involved in blasts, also we Indians have tendency to be jealous and revengeful against any famous person, I am middle class person and I know not even one person will support me if I am in trouble but still i feel Sanjay Dutt suffered enough, law and justice system is based on reform and punishment, there are few like Delhi gang rape juvenile who will walk in 3 months (May 2013) and Chief Justice supports him , now can such a person reformed answer is NO, on other hand i feel Sanjay Dutt was not mature and may be opponents of Sunil Dutt set him up in some trap, Now the point is if Sanju baba is let free it will be set as precedent so there can be one way, he has to stay in jail for 3.5 yrs as per supreme court judgement, let him spend 1.5 yrs in Jail and he should donate 2 yrs of earnings in charity (40 crores), this way law will be respected and his suffering will get reduced. If he doesn’t serve any sentence then it may create wrong impression on minds of other youngsters and India is already lawless state, I have sympathy for Dutt and I remember once there was robbery in my home and I got bullet in my body, in government hospital nobody touched me for 4 hrs since I was middle class person with no connections but still I somehow feel this man has suffered as per Indian context, justice should reform those who are at-least remorseful, some people can’t be reformed like Delhi gang rape persons but may be Dutt can be, he has 2 small kids now, if he is not harming anybody why to make criminal of him, find out some middle way. His father also did lot of good things and Sunil Dutt was a good man.

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    max Reply:

    if he is so good as you say & then why did he not accept his guilt the first day in court. He would hv been out of jail now & hv a peaceful life.

    — still no words of sympathy for other accused ??? why??? why happend to your assumed humanity

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  • http://twitter.com/sskumar_87 sskumar

    how much money they pay you !!. After Radia who?

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  • XYZ

    SANJAY DUTT WAS NEITHER A KID NOR A JUVENILE IN 1993———-IF HE WAS FEELING INSECURE HE COULD HAVE APPLIED FOR A REVOLVER LICENSE——–IT IS SURPRISING WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SYMPATHISISNG WITH HIM—SYMPATHY FOR WHAT?—–THERE IS NO SEPARATE CODE OF CRIMINAL PROCUDURE FOR FILM STARS—-BOLLYWOOD IS NOT EXEMPTED FROM INDIAN PENAL CODE

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  • mgnakhate

    Indeed as always respect overrides sympathy!

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  • aaditya

    Well written.

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  • aaditya

    If I am you, I will block these comments which are simply jibes. Better
    to have silent readers than commentators who are waiting for a chance to
    humiliate you. I will give same advice to Barkha, Karan Thapar etc. Let
    these commentators boil and get high blood pressure without any outlet
    to ventilate their frustrations.

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    raj Reply:

    freedom of speech only for me !!!!!!

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  • Raj

    There is more bravery involved in admitting that you have made a mistake
    —– then why not admit his guilt the first day & go to jail. he would hv been out of jail by now & hv a peaceful life. He dragged thinking his money , lawyers & political friends will help.

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  • Raj

    calling up your gangster pals and asking them to send over a couple of Kalashnikovs.
    —- dawood is a not a petty gangster, he is into terrorism, just to shore up sanjay’s image , don’t downgrade poor dawood, he may get angry !!!! he sent Kalashnikovs and rdx to india for your info.

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  • Anonymous

    The latest ecnonomist (british) talks about Journalists getting money from the congress to write praise of maa and naeta dynasties. can you give us some details>

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  • Anonymous

    I think you are forgetting that Sanjay was consorting with the mafia till 2000 and they are police tapings on it. The grenades which reached his hosue were not for dewali crackers.

    Possibly his drug damaged mind thought he was fighting a filmi gangwar.

    Of course being the son of a muslim mother he wanted to protect Muslims. But was this the way?

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  • http://www.arjunkr.in Arjun.K.R

    writer has a point

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  • Andreasmith

    I think that Supreme court should be give the Pardon to the Sanjay Dutt in the way of Humanity .This case had been since 20 year whenever Sanjay had been completed the half term of Jail therefore I do not think Now Court does not need give to any type of Punished to the Sanjay dutt.

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