Shared News| Updated: August 16, 2019 2:55:24 pm
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday said that while India’s nuclear policy has been based on ‘No First Use’ principle, the future of the policy depends on the circumstances.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday reiterated that while India’s nuclear policy has always been based on ‘No First Use’ doctrine, which has been the hallmark of the country’s nuclear weapons programme, the future of the policy will depend on the circumstances. While paying tribute to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary in Pokhran, Singh tweeted, “Till today, our nuclear policy has been ‘No First Use’. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.”
Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 16, 2019
Pokhran in Rajasthan has been the site of two nuclear tests by India, the first one in 1974 under the Indira Gandhi government and the second one in 1998 when Vajpayee-led BJP was in power.