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Main Features of India's Nuclear Doctrine

Posted on : 19 Dec 2019

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  • Building and maintaining a credible minimum deterrent.
  • A "No First Use" posture; nuclear weapons to be used only "in retaliation against a nuclear attack on Indian territory or on Indian forces anywhere".
  • Nuclear retaliation to a first strike will be "massive" and designed to inflict "unacceptable damage".
  • Nuclear retaliatory attacks to be authorized only by civilian political leadership through the Nuclear Command Authority.
  • Non use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states.
  • Continuance of strict controls on export of nuclear and missile related materials and technologies, participation in FMCT negotiations, continued moratorium on testing.
  • India to retain option of retaliating with nuclear weapons in the event of a major attack against it with biological or chemical weapons.
  • Continued commitment to goal of nuclear weapon free world, through global, verifiable and non-discriminatory disarmament.

Article Related Questions

Consider the following aspects of “India's Nuclear Doctrine”.
1.Building and maintaining a credible minimum deterrent.
2.Non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapon states.
3.Nuclear retaliatory attacks to be authorized only by civilian political leadership through the Nuclear Command Authority.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

1.1 and 3 only

2.2 only

3.2 and 3 only

4.1, 2 and 3 only

Right Ans : 1, 2 and 3 only

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