NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION IN SOUTH ASIA –TOWARDS WORLD WAR-III
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Keywords

Subcontinent
Nuclear Deterrence
Nuclear Program
Armageddon

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Shamim, J. ., & Farooq, M. . (2017). NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION IN SOUTH ASIA –TOWARDS WORLD WAR-III. Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, 56(2), 39–52. https://doi.org/10.46568/jssh.v56i2.44

Abstract

The world witnessed a major historical event in 1947 when subcontinent, which was governed as a one unit from Khyber to Burma since almost last one thousand years, partitioned by the ruling British Empire resulting into two states namely India and Pakistan. The major reason behind partition of the subcontinent was the religious and cultural differences between the Hindus and Muslims. This difference made them hostile towards each other and India having superiority in all aspects, compelled Pakistan to become a security state right after its inception. To expand its superiority over the whole region, the Indian nuclear program started in 1944, even before its independence. India conducted first nuclear tests in 1974 and continued expanding its nuclear program. This forced Pakistan to work seriously on its nuclear program with a fast pace. India announced its formal entry to the nuclear weapons club in May 1998 with 5 nuclear tests at Pokhran, Pakistan, having nuclear capability at that time, replied back in merely two weeks with 6 nuclear tests and became the 7th nation in the world and first Islamic country to join the nuclear countries club. The lives of over a billion people are at mercy of the two nuclear powers state heads, especially India having an extremist government poses a serious threat to the peace of subcontinent which needs great attention especially from the global community otherwise a nuclear Armageddon could be expected.

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