India and the NPT

Aaron Tovish is International Campaign Director, 2020 Vision Campaign, Mayors for Peace, Vienna, and has served in this capacity since 2004. He is also Executive Adviser to the President of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, the Mayor of Hiroshima, who is also President of Mayors for Peace.
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  • March 2010

    Before India came out openly as a nuclear-armed state, it could find, in many quarters, sympathy—if not actual support—for its disdainful stance toward the NPT. Since the indefinite extension of the NPT and India's nuclear test explosions, nothing whatsoever is gained by remaining aloof from the NPT community which is, for all intents and purposes, the rest of the world. Without formally adhering to the treaty, India should embrace it wholeheartedly and be an exemplary nuclear-weapon state, showing the way ahead for the treaty's nuclear-weapon states. Such great policy shifts are rare, but this would be fully in line with the India's most basic values.