Experts Say

Missing a Nobel chance

The Indian Express
October 13, 2017
By Mani Shankar Aiyar

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United Nations in voting for the resolution, we too could have shared in that glory. By running away from the conference, as we did so pusillanimously, we missed the opportunity of showing ourselves to be consistent champions of the total abolition of nuclear weapons, alienated ourselves from a sizeable majority of the international community and overwhelmingly from the non-aligned nations, and betrayed our adherence over the past 10 governments to the Action Plan for a Nuclear-Weapons-Free and Non-Violent World Order presented by India to the Third United Nations Special Session on Disarmament in June 1988.
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