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Nuclear Weapons: The Dark Forboding

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The word ‘nuclear’ in itself has an ominous ring around it. The first and only use of atomic bombs was against the Japanese in World War II in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It has left an indelible stigma on the conscience of mankind that such a usage must never ever be allowed again. As I am writing this, the current scenario being created by North Korea on the usage of nuclear bombs is very disturbing for nations across the globe. Its bragging bravado and past instances of reckless behaviour have put the world on the edge.

 

The making of nuclear weapons and its presence in a State have had political ramifications. We all know about the US invasion of Iraq on the pretext that Baghdad was developing hostile and prohibited weapons of mass destruction programs. In India, the word has acquired an indepth familiarity largely because of the intense debate and far-reaching effect of the Indo-US deal on the civilian uses of the atom. One is not sure whether America and the rest of those who have acquired nuclear weapons technology are really serious about the Nuclear Non-proliferation they speak so glibly about but make no move towards nuclear disarmament that could rid the world of the threat of self-destruction.

The world might be witnessing a déjà vu of what happened in Iraq due to the US invasions as similar accusations have been concocted for Iran as it is being condemned for converting its nuclear power facilities to bomb-making factories.

But one thing is very evident: India is the only country with a proven record of using the atomic energy for peaceful purposes. India’s first Atomic Energy Act was passed and Atomic Energy Commission was set up in 1948 and India’s first nuclear reactor Apsara was commissioned in 1958. At present, we have 17 nuclear reactors in operation and six under construction.

The Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) is one of its kind which is dedicated to the usage of nuclear technology to cure many ailments and is continuously conducting research in the use of the atom and isotopes in the medical field.

India believes in peace and therefore, has always attempted to steer the world towards the peaceful usage of the atom in the interest of humanity.

 

Jai Hind!

 


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