Staff Reporter

Predicts automated warfare in the days to come

VIJAYAWADA: Conflicts will exist as long as man lives on this earth. Human mind and attitude must change so as to create an environment conducive for conflict-management, said K. Ravi, director of Academic Staff College, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

Delivering a lecture on `War and Human Progress' organised by the political science department, Andhra Loyola College on Wednesday, Prof. Ravi said there was a definite link between war and human progress, but it was unfortunate the world's policy-makers had always preferred war to happiness.

Science and technology had become all too significant. So much so, a State's policies were being determined by development in science and technology. "Today, we hear of cyber laws and cyber crimes which were unheard of 10 years ago," he pointed out emphasising that in this technology-driven society, one could not afford to ignore the pace at which the world was moving ahead.

Important experiment

With science and technology developing in leaps and bounds, warfare was bound to undergo a sea change. Predicting automated warfare in the days to come, Prof. Ravi said although, in a way, it might reduce the loss of human life it would also mean greater destruction.

In an interactive session with students, Prof. Ravi said religious conflict was one of the causes of war. He said like technology, religion was also value-neutral. It could be used to promote peace or generate war. Referring to the balance maintained between war policy and religion in India, he said the need for this experiment of co-existence was very important.

Biased treaty

Citing examples, he said the war between India and Pakistan was not essentially of religious differences. It was territorial dispute that led the two nations to war . "What is being witnessed in Kashmir is something that existed even in the days of partition. History is being super-imposed over the present," he said.

Replying to a query on pacts like Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he opined the CTBT was useful while the NPT was biased.

Head of the political science department in the college K.V. Vijaya Babu and others were present.