The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) – a national coalition of organisations and individuals

The Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) – a national coalition of organisations and individuals

for nuclear disarmament – notes with great concern the Indian Prime Minister’s obstinate insistence on going ahead with clinching of the India-specific agreement with the IAEA. This will be a vital intermediate step towards operationalising the Indo-US nuclear deal in the teeth of strong opposition within India. The Prime Minister wants to go ahead, trampling upon democratic norms and values, regardless of all rational considerations, let alone ethical ones.

The CNDP reiterates its consistent and firm opposition to the deal on the following grounds as pointed out repeatedly in the past. The deal severely undermines the prospects of global nuclear disarmament by (selectively and arbitrarily) "legitimising" India’s nuclear status and, in the process, the possession of nuclear weapons by the existing nuclear weapon states – both "recognised" and "unrecognised" – and also the aspirations of other actual and potential aspirants.The deal will promote the cause of nuclear militarism and nuclear-weapon build-up in India against the interests of peace and the people in the region. It will further intensify the arms race between India and Pakistan – both nuclear and conventional. Pakistan, in fact, made a strong plea for a similar deal. And the brusque refusal by the US, instead of dissuading it, would only further inflame its passions and thereby turn the nuclear mess in South Asia all the more dangerous. This deal is also an utterly reprehensible move to bring India closer to the US orbit as a regional ally to facilitate the execution of its global imperial ambitions.This deal is also an utterly reprehensible move to bring India closer into the US orbit as a regional ally to facilitate the execution of its global imperial ambitions. Furthermore, the consequent shift in focus in favour of highly expensive nuclear power, if  the deal comes into operation, will significantly distort India’s energy options at the cost of efforts to develop environmentally benign and renewable sources of energy.
 

The CNDP, on this occasion, calls upon the Indian people to rise in protest against the intransigence of the Prime Minister and voice their strongest opposition to the undemocratic move to impose the deplorable deal on  the country.

Achin Vanaik  Admiral Ramdas  JSriraman  ND Jayaparakash  AmarjeetKaur  Sukla Sen

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