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Nuclear Disarmament and India

Many people are unaware that it was India that first introduced the proposals which led to the NPT and CTBT. Subsequently India refused to become a party to either of them because of the gross changes in the original drafts at the instance of the US, which qualitatively overturned the intent and purpose of these proposals. Similarly, the CTBT - a treaty to end all tests - which was to serve as an initial step in nuclear disarmament, first ended up as a partial test ban treaty (PTBT) which left the door open for unbridled underground tests and remained de-linked from the issue of nuclear disarmament. Some 30 years later, the CTBT was resurrected, but just as before, it has ended up being yet another version of the PTBT and totally divorced from the issue of nuclear disarmament. The present CTBT has several peculiar features which give evidence of US double standards on disarmament issues. Should humanity continue to be a party to this game of deceit or should it put an end to this game once and for all and bring the issue of prevention of nuclear war and nuclear disarmament to the centrestage?

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