Ramesh Thakur in the Times of India:
The critics of the 1998 tests have been vindicated. Nuclearisation has bought India neither strategic gains nor defence on the cheap. India still lacks effective deterrence against China, let alone parity with the US. Doubts have been sown in the public mind in India and in official policy circles in China and Pakistan about the reliability, robustness and resilience of India's nuclear power status. These cannot be removed without further tests that are unambiguously successful in delivering the projected yields.
Yet any such tests would provoke the wrath of the international community and wreck the hard-fought nuclear deal with the US. With US president Barack Obama recommitting to the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and entering into fresh agreements with Russia for dramatic steps in denuclearising the world, India would be marching to a tune everyone else finds harshly discordant. And it would launch a fresh round in the endless cycle of arms races in the subcontinent, with blame falling largely, perhaps even solely, on this country.
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