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Threats of nuclear war have become quite common these days ‘disturbed’: Ex-diplomat

The world is sitting on a “time bomb” with the widespread availability of nuclear weapons, says Rajeev Dogra

The world is sitting on a “time bomb” with the widespread availability of nuclear weapons, says Rajeev Dogra

Former diplomat and author Rajeev Dogra says it is “disturbing” that the threat of a nuclear war, which was a taboo until recently, has become quite common these days.

He said the fear of the next major war was imminent and “we now have the means of maximum destruction with leadership who may not be responsible”.

The world is sitting on a “time bomb” with the widespread availability of nuclear weapons, he said, adding that “things that were banned recently are now commonplace. It’s disturbing”.

Mr. Dogra cited Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent assertion that his country would use all means to defend its territory.

Mr Putin on Wednesday ordered the partial mobilization of some 3,00,000 reservists following a series of setbacks for the Russian military in the raging conflict with Ukraine and also said Russia would use all means at its disposal, warning the West that “this is not a bluff”.

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Mr Dogra said even after the Balakot airstrike, a Pakistani defense official insisted his country was prepared for a “full-spectrum” war, suggesting the use of nuclear weapons.

He also referred to new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, in response to a question, about her readiness to use nuclear weapons.

“There is no doubt that the world today, at least before the pandemic, is in its best position to thrive… but there has also been a tremendous increase in knowledge of the means of destruction… combined with this you have leaders… who are irregular… then The possibility of conflict increases,” said Mr. Dogra, who served as India’s ambassador to Italy and Romania.

He made these comments while discussing his latest book ‘War Time: The World in Danger’ at New Delhi’s Chittaranjan Park on Wednesday. Former bureaucrat and writer Sumit Dutt Majumder moderated the discussion on the occasion of World Peace Day. It was organized as part of Bhavan Bookfest 2022.

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Mr Putin during a recent conversation that it was not time for war in Ukraine, Mr Dogra said it was a “welcome step”.

“This is the first time someone has said this openly… there have been meetings and telephone calls… but no one like PM Modi has come out clearly in favor of peace. This is a welcome step and other leaders should follow that example and build on it,” he said. said

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