Change in India's nuclear doctrine unlikely

By JAGDISH N SINGH
June 2, 2014 12:47

Knowledgeable sources say New Delhi has little to be scared about on the defense front.




India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif after Modi took the oath of office at the presidential palace in New Delhi May 26, 2014. (photo credit:REUTERS)

Speculation is rife in a section of the community that the new Indian government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi might decide to alter the country’s 1998 no-first use doctrine and adopt a new one .

It is derived from the dominant image of the new prime minister being inclined to an approach of "zero tolerance" in the realm of internal and external security and his Bharatiya Janata Party’s pledge in its parliamentary election manifesto to " study in detail nuclear doctrine… revise it and update it to make it relevant to the challenges of current times.”

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