India and the Chinese Missile

The launching of a Chinese satellite foreshadowing the development of a long range nuclear missile within the next few years has led to apprehension that the Chinese threat to India’s security has increased and to the feeling that steps should be taken to develop similar weapons in the country. The Defence Minister said in the Lok Sabha that, since the decision not to make nuclear bombs in India was unchanged, no investigation had been made of our capacity to make the bomb and its delivery system. This caused an uproar among the Opposition parties which wish to make political capital out of this issue. It is unfortunate that there has been no rational debate in Parliament as to whether China really poses the kind of nuclear threat to India which would justify enormous expenditure on the development of an Indian counter-weapon.

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