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Re: On the nuclear weapons issue

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I generally disagree on a few points stated below by Dr. Roy.  First, India should focus on the world
stage rather than Pakistan for its defense issues.  In fact, Military programs and Space programs MUST
be combined within India or at least occupy same importance in Delhi.  The key question in this century
is whether Indian Defense programs can generate enough research and technologies to give Indian
Industries and corporations the advantage they need?!  That is the nature of wars within this century
(on Earth and in Space) and Indian Military has a big role in it!!  The fact is that some countries like
US and Britain have this model where their corporations benefit immensely from defense research - all
other models seem to be weaker unless we can come up with something better where Government funding is
involved which can also benefit the private sector!!

Second, I have been arguing that India should deploy low yield nukes (NOT nuclear weapons in the
traditional sense).  India must continue to upgrade its military to enhance reconnaissance, mobility,
and attack capabilities.  New developments in militaries of the world demands such a readiness.

Third, the union between India and Pakistan as proposed by Dr. Roy is impossible given the ideological
differences in politics and cultures....if anything India and Pakistan must drift toward such a union by
some other means and over a longer term!

Vamsi M.

Dr. Subroto Roy wrote:

> For some reason, IPI seems to be discussing nuclear weapons;  my position on
> that for what it is worth is that India and Pakistan would be insane to
> deploy nuclear weapons against one another... even wind changes would case
> the radioactivity to float across the border back to the user...  however,
> such insane stupidity is well within the feasibility sets of both
> Governments especially the Pakistani Government, whose elite members have
> little real stake in the country as they have exported their kids and their
> bank-accounts to places like Potomac, Maryland.   During Kargil or just
> before, there was even a Foreign Minister of theirs talking about nuking us;
> cf my article "Was a Pakistani Grand Strategy Discerned in Time by India?"
> in Security and Policy Risk Analysis Bulletin, July 1999.
> The alternative to such insane stupidity is my proposed solution "Common
> Defence, Common Market, Common J&K", over time-frames of 1 yeyears and 5
> years respectively in that order.
> If anyone knows any Pakistani e-boards, please do forward this to them.
> Subroto Roy
> -----Original Message-----
> From: sdcvamsi@yahoo.com <sdcvamsi@yahoo.com>
> To: debate@indiapolicy.org <debate@indiapolicy.org>
> Date: Sunday, October 28, 2001 3:17 AM
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> >Please help make the Manifesto better, or accept it, and propagate it!
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> >
> >As I was saying the low yield nuclear weapons are fundamentally
> >different and may not fall under the same treaties for nuclear weapons.
> >Here, I am posting a paragraph from the letter issued by the Indian
> >Embassy on May 13th, 1998 which is when India performed the second set
> >of nuclear tests and are crucial for reactor technology and low yield
> >nuclear weapons simulations!!  We WILL perform as many tests as we need
> >to for the sake of India's enduring freedom in order to build the best
> >weapons program despite the ignorance and arrogance from around the
> >world and from within India!
> >___________
> >In continuation of the planned programme of underground nuclear tests
> >begun on the 11th of May,  two more sub-kiloton nuclear tests were
> >carried out at Pokharan range at 12:21 PM on the 13th of  May, 1998. The
> >tests have been carried out to generate additional data for improved
> >computer simulation of designs and for attaining the capability to carry
> >out subcritical experiments, if  considered necessary. The tests were
> >fully contained with no release of radioactivity into the atmosphere.
> >___________
> >
> >Sincerely,
> >Vamsi M.
> >
> >
> >
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