Defence minister Rajnath Singh indicated that India’s ‘no first use nuclear policy’ may change in future. Adressing at an event in Pokhran, Rajnath Singh said that till today, our nuclear policy is ‘No First Use’. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.
” Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atalji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the no first use doctrine. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” he said.
In a tweet, Rajnath Singh tweeted and said “Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.
In 2016, the defence minister Manohar Parrikar had set off many questions regarding the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government. The government was doing a rethink on its nuclear doctrine when Parikar had asked why should India bind itself to a no first use policy.
Rajnath Singh made all the statements while paying tribute to Vajpayee on his first death anniversary at Pokhran where India held nuclear tests in 1974.
This is not for the first time in the last few years when BJP leaders have talked about India’s defence strategy. In November 2016, then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar who died last year had also expressed reservations over India’s nuclear posture.