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Where does India stand on nuclear disarmament

The First Committee of the UN General Assembly will soon be voting on a resolution, numbered L41 seeking UN approval for starting negotiations on prohibition of nuclear weapons. This will be co-sponsored by 60 countries worldwide. There are indications that India might abstain itself from the negotiations, thus, losing out on taking on the historic opportunity to lead the world on its campaign for nuclear disarmament. Although the first resolution on the subject was passed at its first session of the UN General Assembly in January 1946, it remains the primary “unfinished business” of the global organization. The UN had set up a permanent Conference on Disarmament (CD) several decades ago and it was decided that negotiations or discussions on a subject would not be held without the unanimous consensus of all the CD members. This is the rule that Pakistan has availed and refused to allow the discussions on Fissile materials Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT). Thus, the negotiations on Conference on Disarmament stands paralyzed. Under such circumstances, the UN General Assembly had set up an Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) in which even the civil society could participate. India has failed to be part of such discussions held under Open Ended Working Group as well, thus isolating itself from the other countries and civil society groups who are working towards saving human kind froma probable catastrophic nuclear weaponized future.  India, a self-declared nuclear weapons state, seems to be under a delusion that to just keep verbally reiterating its commitment towards a world without nuclear weapons without pro0-actively participating in any global effort to work towards achieving any outcome is sufficient to justify its position on the subject. India is not only losing out on a great opportunity but also lagging behind in influencing and winning friends in global arena.

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