New Delhi: "On the question of nuclear policy, until today, we have a policy of no-first-use. What happens in future, will depend on circumstances," is what India's defence minister Rajnath Singh has said on Friday when asked about India's policy on nuclear weapons. This is a very important statement coming at a time when Pakistan has been almost every day threatening India of severe consequences ever since the latter has abrogated article 370 which gave special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Rajnath was speaking to the reporters after paying homage to late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the site where the country conducted its second nuclear tests during the regime of the NDA government in 1998.
"In Pokhran, India emerged as a nuclear power. Despite all restraints, Atal ji gave permission for the nuclear test. India was listed among those countries which have nuclear power. I paid homage to Atal ji on his first death anniversary here," Rajnath Singh further said.
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Pakistan has taken the issue of abrogation of article 370 in Kashmir to the UN. Pakistan with help of China has succeeded in managing to get a closed-door consultative meeting scheduled on Friday itself. Pakistan has been celebrating this as its success on social media while India is clearly not worried at all.
The nuclear test was conducted in May 1998 in Pokhran during the Vajpayee government. After India acquired the nuclear power, it adopted a nuclear doctrine, which declared a 'no first use' (NFU) policy. 'No first use' of nuclear weapons means the country will not use its nuclear weapon as a means of warfare unless attacked by an adversary using nuclear weapons.