Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), a national network of over 200 organisations whose core demand is that India and Pakistan should roll back their nuclear weapons programmes, has strongly condemned activation of atmoic reactor on board India's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant followed by a flight-test of another nuclear-capable missile.
CNDP said that brandishing these tools of mass destruction as guarantee of national security while ignoring the issues of real safety, security and well-being of Indian people demonstrates a perverse pathology.
CNDP lamented naming the submarine “Arihant” after a holy figure from Jainism which stands for peace. The network termed this as yet another cruel irony similar to “the Buddha smiled” code for the 1974 nuclear test. It also obfuscates the reality that the “indigenous” submarine is critically based on borrowed military technology
and the fact that huge imports of such technology and weapons systems are bleeding our economy.
CNDP observed that nuclear weaponisation has led to a sharp rise in the defence budget, more instability in South Asia and an escalating regional arms race. In the 15th year after the Pokharan-II tests, it said that important lessons need to be learnt.
Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace also expressed concern that to get the sanctions removed, which were imposed after the nuclear test, and to get an elusive legitimate nuclear weapons-state status, India promised to buy reactors from the US, France and Russia. These are now being imposed on Indian farmers and fishermen by brutal force. The rise of national chauvinism and sectarianism in all of South Asia is yet another deplorable fallout of this nuclear nationalism, it added.
CNDP urged the government to desist from further escalation of the arms race, strengthen confidence-building measures with our neighbours, resume a dialogue with Pakistan, and negotiate a South Asian nuclear weapons-free zone treaty at the earliest.