Military history: Formation of Nuclear Command Authority (NCA)-India'2003

Newspaper editorial from 12 JAN 2003
language: marathi
title: (there)must be dominance!


translation:

atomic weapon control mechanism: political council headed by PM(picture of Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee) shall take last decision on use of atomic weapons

(later images show four former ministers in political council, from left to right-top to bottom:- home minister LK Advani; defense minister George Fernandes; external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha; finance minister Jaswant Singh)

executive council headed by National Security Adviser shall implement the decision of political council(picture of then NSA Mr. Brajesh Mishra)

Strategic Forces Command shall possess all atomic weapons and delivery systems. it shall advise all three chief of staff (army, navy and air force)

'council of defense forces chiefs': it shall (upon receiving information from 'SFC') advice 'political council' through 'executive council' about military plans(picture of then Air Marshal Tej Mohan Asthana)
  • the editorial welcomes govt. decision to finalize NCA/SFC structure
  • "India declared itself as responsible nuclear power"
  • declared "no first use" policy
  • "better late than never" since 5 years had passed after 1998 atomic tests
  • atomic weapons controls are firmly in civilian hand

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