Union defence minister Rajnath Singh on August 16 visited Pokhran while he was on his way to attend the 5th international army scout masters competition. The competition was held at Jaisalmer military station and many countries including China, Sudan, Kazakstan and Russia participated in the competition. India won the competition.
The Union Minister mentioned this while remembering Atal Bihari Vajpayee , the former Prime Minister, on his first death anniversary. It was him who in 1998 introduced the policy of “ No First Use”. Since then India has strictly adhered to that policy. “No First Use” is a policy adopted by countries with nuclear power. The policy states that a country wouldn’t use it’s nuclear power unless and until the country does so. But the question “whether the “No First Use” policy will be followed in future” is a question to be answered.
Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atalji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of NFU. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” said the Defence Minister in his tweet after visiting the site.
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