“Nuclear weapons are…economically a disaster” : Writes the Former Head of Indian Navy
Following is the letter written by Admiral Ramdas to Shinzo Abe and Modi against the India-Japan Nuke Deal.
PVSM AVSM VrC VSM Village Bhaimala,
Former Chief of the Naval Staff
Magsaysay Award for Peace Maharashtra
Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar
Mr. Narendra Modi,
Prime Minister of India
Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan
Subject: Proposed Indo-Japanese Nuclear Supply Agreement
It is indeed very surprising that Japan, as the only country which has experienced the horrors of nuclear explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki , and later the disastrous accident at the Fukushima power plant and its downstream effects, should now be promoting the sale of nuclear power plants to India. The fault no doubt lies with both the buyer and the seller, but in this case we feel a greater responsibility for promoting such a sale lies at the door of Japan.
I do not need to explain the horrors of a nuclear explosion or an accidental burn out -‐ for this is now common knowledge. I am of the firm belief that if humanity is to survive, both nuclear power and nuclear weapons should be abolished for all time to come.
As a former Indian military person, and one who headed the Indian Navy, I firmly believe that nuclear weapons are politically counter productive, economically a disaster, militarily inefficient, ethically and morally totally indefensible.
Nuclear power likewise has a huge risk potential which as has been experienced by the USA at Three Mile Island, by the erstwhile Soviet Union at Chernobyl, and most recently by Japan at Fukushima.
The current proposal to conclude an Indo-‐Japanese Nuclear supply agreement, to supply nuclear power plants to India, is fraught with danger and potential consequences which are unimaginable.
I would therefore strongly urge both Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that India and Japan should not conclude the planned nuclear supply agreement.
Admiral L. Ramdas
The article was originally published here.