Special Seminar

2014 HINDAS 3rd Special Seminar

2014 HINDAS 3rd Special Seminar

【Organizer】Taoyaka Program for creating a flexible, enduring, peaceful society(The 31st Taoyaka Program Seminar), HINDAS Research Unit1&2
【Date】12:50〜14:20, 4th, February, 2015
【Venue】Large Conference Room, Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University

【Lecture】Prof. Swaran Singh (Jawaharlal Nehru University,New Delhi, India)
Title】 
India’s Nuclear Disarmament Policy

【Language】English

【Abstract】Peace has been integral to civilization and cultural DNA of Indian society and  disarmament has been a critical tool of Indian State seeking to achieve peace. India was votary of  disarmament even before it became independent and visions of India’s founding fathers were  deeply impacted upon by dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki triggering first  debate on India’s nuclear disarmament policy.
  In terms of its evolution, India’s nuclear disarmament policy began with rather utopian and  idealist  approach seeing world peace. But it gradually became rooted in national needs for  security and prestige witnessing a two-pronged approach of propagating nuclear disarmament  while allowing scientific community to pursue nuclear technologies that finally resulted in India’s  nuclear weapon tests o of 1974 and later in 1998 when India finally declared itself to be a nuclear  weapon state.
  There are reasons for this gradual and reluctant shift and India’s nuclear doctrine nevertheless  continues to propagate general and complete disarmament. Instead of being an outlier, India now  seeks to achieve a nuclear weapon free world from inside the charmed circles of nuclear weapon  powers. India has also since come to be known less as a state with nuclear weapons state and  more as an enormous market for nuclear technologies especially for nuclear power. This marks a  noble approach in India’s pursuit for peace.


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