India has capability to make 2600 nuclear weapons,says Harvard University; China and Pakistan shocked after this report
China and Pakistan has a very big reason to worry. It is not because India is inching close to enter the NSG but because of its nuclear power. The report of Project Alpha released by King’s College London said that India’s present strategic trade will help it in increasing its power in nuclear weapons. They also said that India has secretly moved ahead of United Kingdom and France in the possession of arms and soon may dominate them in major international border issues.
A report named ‘Indian Nuclear Exceptionalism’ by the Harvard University Belfer Centre mentions that India has a fissile stock worth 2600 nuclear warheads. They also added that presently India is in the third position; Russia and United States are ahead of India. Previous year 4 Pakistani scholars had predicted India of having around 500 warheads.
So if these predictions are to be believed true then India will definitely get NSG membership because due to India, other nations can benefit as India can actively supply them various materials.
The growing India-US and India-Japan strategic partnerships also have been a headache to China because India is increasing its dominance in various parts of Asia.
China and Pakistan know that India will be a global power in economic and nuclear aspects. This will directly affect Pakistan as it will think several times before interfering in the Kashmir issues.
China’s only option is to stop blocking India’s NSG bid.
‘INDIA RETHINKING NO FIRST USE NUCLEAR POLICY’
Pakistan’s statement regarding India enhancing its nuclear capability has come just days after reports suggested that New Delhi may be rethinking its nuclear doctrine.
India may abandon its ‘no first use’ nuclear policy and launch a preemptive strike against Pakistan if it feared that Islamabad was likely to use the weapons first, a top nuclear expert on South Asia has claimed.
“There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first,” Vipin Narang, an expert on South Asian nuclear strategy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, had said.
He also pointed out that India’s preemptive strike may not be conventional strikes and would also be aimed at Pakistan’s missiles launchers for tactical battlefield nuclear warheads.
Warheads and Nuclear Arsenal
Coupled with the fact that it has still not allowed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials compete access to all of its and that it plans to vastly increase its nuclear arsenal by adding new Intercontinetal Ballistic Missles (ICBMs) and warhead carrying submarines, this creates an alarming situation which should be further examined by stakeholders across the world before making any decision.
It is not surprising that given this state of affairs the discussion over India’s inclusion have not progressed further. Responding to reports that the Russian authorities had interceded on behalf of India in negotiations with Chinese president Xi Jinping, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said that “on the issue of NSG, I can tell you China’s stance on the accession of new members into NSG has not changed. On the eve of an important meeting for the group, these comments are telling.
Naval Nuclear Deterrent
Indian Navy has decided to build a naval nuclear deterrent of at least six nuclear powered submarines by 2022. This aims to carry more weapons than French and British navies’ combined. That will be a great achievement.
China is deeply bothered about India’s increasing power because then India can directly pressurise China’s Tibet and Arunanchal Pradesh policy. In few years China may not involve in India’s internal issues also. China’s only option is to stop blocking India’s NSG bid.
Source: Standforindia.com and Hindustan360