Pakistan’s nuclear threat – Gautam Sen

Dr. Gautam Sen“In fact, the moment a Pakistani-sponsored nuclear device explodes in India, an all-out assault, the guarantee of which should be discreetly but emphatically conveyed, must be unleashed on the real owners of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, who have merely outsourced their weapons to terrorists. The abominable monarchy that financed Pakistan’s nuclear bomb should also be on the radar to lose cities in its country.” – Dr. Gautam Sen

IM Founder-Chief Yasin Bhatkal aka Mohammed Ahmed SidibapaOne cannot recall a nuclear bomb threat against a city since its use by the Americans against Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. One might have imagined that Yasin Bhatkal’s casual revelation of a plan to explode a nuclear device in Surat would send shock waves across the world and occasion alarm in India. But not at all. India’s political class reacted with nonchalant indifference. This is par for the course when one recalls the Maharashtra home minister’s memorable remark on the savage 26/11 military assault against Mumbai that such minor incidents do happen. True to form, he did precious little after that dastardly assault, and expensively purchased naval craft, no doubt generating some welcome side payments, are lying beached along the Mumbai coast.

The threat to detonate a nuclear device in an Indian city by Pakistan’s most proficient Inter-Services Intelligence’s bomb designer is a dire message from India’s unrelenting tormentor. One also notes that Narendra Modi’s fortuitous escape from assassination was partly due to the arrest of Yasin Bhatkal because the bomber he trained made an elementary error in the wiring of the timer that the mastermind would never have made. Quite frighteningly, Bhatkal’s disclosure did not prompt a stern reminder from Indian officials of the consequences for Pakistan, all of whose major cities would be in ruins in strategic retaliation. Unfortunately, the incumbent governing coalition is totally bankrupt and singularly preoccupied with saving the detritus of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

A passing examination of policies currently being espoused by government ministers, though with many earlier antecedents, suggests the crudest electoral calculation for most of their endeavours. It should not surprise since the vital office of Union home minister is routinely allotted to someone at the beck and call of the family, without any regard for personal competence. Two recent home ministers can barely be judged anything other than clueless retainers, without minimal competence to perform, although ready to ingratiate shamelessly, by praising the family.

The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945 rose some 11 miles (18 km) above the bomb's hypocenter.It is a moot question how the Government of India would in fact react if such an unprecedented nuclear assault were to take place. There are alarming signs that advisers, sympathetic to the National Advisory Council’s seditious ideology, are proffering perilous suggestions to key decision-makers in India. One London academic, who infamously chided India in the Financial Times “for military adventurism and belligerence towards Pakistan” in the aftermath of the deadly terrorist attacks against the Indian Parliament, has proposed a truly treacherous policy. Enjoying the unusual privilege of exclusive access to archives, which apparently no longer belong to the nation, to write yet another hagiography of Jawaharlal Nehru, he opines India should not retaliate if a Pakistani terrorist precipitates a nuclear assault against India. No doubt Yasin Bhatkal’s handlers in Rawalpindi were paying close attention to this extraordinary sentiment from someone who has the ear of the most critical decision-maker in India today.

The ludicrous, indeed treasonous, presumption implicitly being advanced is that the Pakistani state has no responsibility for terrorists operating from Pakistani soil against India. Apart from such an absurd idea constituting a free pass to terrorists to commit grave crimes, it completely contradicts the established consensus that Pakistani state agencies are the direct sponsors and controllers of terrorist crimes. This was unambiguously affirmed by the recordings of conversations between Pakistani military officers and Ajmal Kasab and his terrorist compatriots, as they roamed Mumbai, killing at will.

Perhaps the hard Left academic is only seeking to provide supplementary obfuscatory cover to help Pakistani deniability for terror that the training of the Indian Mujahideen, to perpetrate mayhem in India, is attempting to achieve. The obvious folly of this preposterous idea of not retaliating, in the event of a nuclear assault, is the repudiation of the threat that certain reprisal is intended to constitute, in order to deter exactly such a first-strike. Announcing in advance that there will be no retaliation for an alleged unilateral terrorist-sponsored nuclear assault against India is likely to invite precisely the calamity of a first-strike.

IM HierarcyOne wonders if Delhi’s 24/7 channels will sponsor debates, with all the usual suspects, on pending sports encounters with Pakistan in the aftermath of a nuclear assault that leaves an Indian city smouldering in ruins. It may even lead to further candlelight vigils at the Wagah border, graced perhaps by the high-brow Bollywood ‘intelligentsia’, now regularly called on to comment on India’s intractable social and historical dilemmas. It might be predicted that India’s capital city will be spared because the savvy Pakistanis know that it will be their best hope of survival once they have destroyed Surat, or indeed Mumbai and Bangalore. Delhi is the home to its staunchest media advocates and politicians who have helpfully demolished much of India’s vital intelligence network.

It may be anticipated that India’s prominent politicians will quickly proclaim their Gandhian upbringing and assert there is no point in escalating the conflict, which could, of course, also jeopardise their own personal safety. No doubt some will have fled the country well in advance of any approaching threat of nuclear catastrophe. This is when all bets should be off. In fact, the moment a Pakistani-sponsored nuclear device explodes in India, an all-out assault, the guarantee of which should be discreetly but emphatically conveyed, must be unleashed on the real owners of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, who have merely outsourced their weapons to terrorists. The abominable monarchy that financed Pakistan’s nuclear bomb should also be on the radar to lose cities in its country. – NewsInsight, 3 January 2014

» Dr. Gautam Sen taught international political economy at the London School of Economics.

 

One Response

  1. Saudi Arabia who finances jihadi terrorism and Pakistan who outsources state terrorism to jihadis, should be told in no uncertain terms that the very existence of Mecca and Medina are at stake if India is ever subjected to a Pakistani bomb.

    If the Indian government is too Gandhian to respond to a nuclear attack, then Israel without hesitation or doubt would be happy to facilitate the incineration of Mecca and Medina, the homeland of the evil jihadi ideology.

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