“The time has come for India to unilaterally and voluntarily sign the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)”-, Dr. Ramamurti Rajaraman says in article for the Wire.
Rajaraman argues that India would benefit from “immense” diplomatic gains without making economic or military sacrifices by singing the Treaty.
If India voluntarily decides to sign the CTBT, not only would it strengthen the country’s global reputation but also strengthen its case for Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, Rajaraman says.
“The fact that India would be doing so without requiring prior ratification by China and the US, would establish our ability to take independent initiatives that are good for the country and the world,” -he says.
“A nation aspiring to be a world power must not shy away from taking bold initiatives at crucial periods,” Dr. Rajaraman concludes, indicating that signing the CTBT is an opportunity for India “to fortify its place as a leader in the community of nations, that too without flexing its military or economic muscle.”
Read the full article at the Wire.
R. Rajaraman is an Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Jawaharlal Nehru University and former co-chair of the International Panel on Fissile Materials.