Journalists Against Nuclear Weapons
THIS 'SCIENTIFIC' JINGOISM:
Against Nuclear Weapons (JANW) draws the
urgent attention of the public in general. and specially
the scientific community to disturbing attempts at
identifying Indian science with militarism. These
attempts need to be countered and curbed before it is too
The country has been witness in recent days through our mass media, to the unedifying spectacle of a nuclear militarism being peddled in the name of an allegedly patriotic science.
The nuclear tests
themselves have right from May 11 last, continued to be
described and defended, above all, as a proud scientific
achievement. Any opposition to the nuclear tests and what
they signify has, thus been projected as an affront to
Indian science and scientists. That was bad enough. Worse
by far is what has followed.
One of them, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has been quoted as contemptuously directing the opponents of the tests and the nuclear-weaponisation programme to go stage their protests and demonstrations in Washington and Moscow -- as though those against India's bomb were not opposed to nuclear-weaponisation elsewhere and everywhere. Like other organisations that demand dismantling of all nuclear arsenals and universal nuclear disarmaments the JANW cannot but repudiate the presumption. In the latest example another of these scientists. Dr. K. Santhanam of the DRDO. is reported to have declared that India can make the neutron bomb and added: "We have no plans as of now to do so, but should anyone ask us (the scientific community) to do so, we will do it."
The implications of leaving national security issues to be pronounced upon by such a section of scientists are evident. Even more dangerous, however, is the trend towards identifying science, and Indian science itself with jingoism.
Some sections of the scientific community have, fortunately, come out before against the tests and the nuclear-weaponisation drive and exposed the hollow claims behind it. The JANW assures these sections of full support in efforts to prevent Indian science from being misused to further a militarist agenda.
J. Sri Raman.
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