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My concerns deepen. |
First, we note that their Agni-III predecessor of this Agni-V had suffered a simple design failure. If this is as they themselves had admitted, what about the firing control system for the Agni-V? There has been no assurance from them that adequate measures have also been taken on the electronics and security protocols for the launch system of the Agni-V.
Secondly, they said they didn't want to go for a 5,000-km range because they didn't want to alarm the US. This means they could have but instead deliberately drew down to a 3,000-km range reaching Beijing and Shanghai which are the only major targets in that range. That implies the Agni-V was designed specifically to target China's cities. This is premeditated nuclear targeting.
Consider then the situation arising from the above two points - the missiles are fix-targeted at our cities while their firing control system may suffer the same simple design failure as admitted by them for their Agni-III. What happens if they make a second mistake and miss-launch?
Now, that second mistake might be human in origin. Note how they had gloated over their success with the Agni-V. It is as though the entire motivation was to erase some psychological illusion. Who is to know whether they have a backup self-destruct mechanism on the Agni-V should any be launched prematurely and by human motivation based on a psychological imbalance?
We are talking here about a successful launch amidst much juvenile hoopla of a nuclear missile with a delayed development history and that missile was designed to target specific named cities in a neighbouring country, trade-and-relationship friendly at that, deep civilizational values if we want to be hopeful of rational sanity.
India must now rise to its own civilizational values. Being nuclear-capable is not something to gloat about. If it had shown a true sense of global responsibility, it would have issued a parallel statement that the missile is endowed with multiple and cross-locking safety features that will nullify electro-mechanical and human errors before or at worst within seconds after any miss-launch. Because if it's minutes after a miss-launch, retaliation will be swift and conclusive to no one's benefit. In nuclear parlance, there is no such thing as 'alright you made a mistake.'
Which remains the basic issue. We have gone over it before. What is India's gripe with us? If it's loss of face, that's stupid and juvenile. The border conflict started because its troops had encroached into our territory. If you disagree with this assertion, then explain why we had retreated AFTER winning the engagement, and then RETURNED not only prisoners but ALSO their arms. Which explained why their political and military echelons were flabbergasted when it happened. Never in the field of human conflict has such a magnanimous act of national and military chivalry taken place before. And China did it a SECOND time in Vietnam. If we have never gloated over both wins, why should the losers feel the need to treat us as bitter foes in all but name?
The world has become more complex. It is needless to add to tensions by doing things without more careful thought and wiser perspectives. India needs to buck up her sense of history and humanity. Her neighbour China remains a good friend and the relationship can be raised to even greater heights because there is so much that both - together with the other newly emerging giants of this century - can do to change the landscape of how the peoples of the world can progress together.
In my earlier posts on this topic, i had alluded to the malfeasance of a certain superpower behind the statements made by India on its launch of this nuclear Agni-V. It is to give India a chance to retrace its steps but on its own. Meaning, independent of the westerners which had in living memory conquered its country, society and peoples. India's leadership and military should take a more candid look at themselves to see whether their need to be nuclear-capable is not founded on some psychological schism outcome of that unhappy experience now twisted against a friendly China which has again and as with Japan, never done NUTHIN' wrong to no one (in midwestern US parlance).