Vice President releases book on India's Nuclear Policy

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) Vice President M Hamid Ansari has called for developing a credible minimum deterrence to meet non-military threats which are generally trans-national.

The Vice President was addressing a function organised on the release of a book "India's Nuclear Policy", written by noted security expert Bharat Karnad.

He said, "no discussion on national security can be uni-dimensional. The rationale for military security and weapons systems is one aspect of the matter. The real debate today is about human security and about non- military threats. Many of these are trans-national. The challenge is to develop both a psychological propensity and technological capability to respond to the latter.'' "How would we develop a credible minimum deterrence to these? Would this not be a relevant priority for the strategist as the 21st century and its threats unfold?'' he questioned.

The book examines Indian Nuclear Policy, doctrine, strategy and posture, clarifying the elastic concept of 'credible minimum deterrence' at the Centre of the country's approach to the nuclear security.


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