Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that his personal take on India’s nuclear policy is that the country "being a responsible power" should not get into in the first-use debate.
Sources in the government later said that Parrikar’s remarks must be taken as his personal opinion and not his official position." Parrikar made the remark at a book launch.
Here is what all the Defence Minister said:
#Necessarily if there is any question or danger to the country, I will not open the book first
#'Be unpredictable' is part of the strategy. But we have to have a written book so that in general, we follow that direction
#The day surgical strikes happened, no threat has come again: Manohar Parrikar
#Used to get threat from Def Min from neighbouring country that they are going to use tactical nuclear weapon if they're threatened
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#This is my thinking. Some may say that Parrikar says nuclear doctrine has changed, it has not changed in any Govt policy
#People say India has not first used nuclear concept. I should say that I'm a responsible nuclear power and I'll not use it irresponsibly
#If written down strategy exists or you take a stand on a nuclear aspect,I think you're actually giving away ur strength in nuclear
#Rs 500 and 1000 notes may have an impact on elections, lot of politicians are already worrying: Manohar Parrikar
MoD Statement: What Defence Minister Parrikar said was his personal opinion and not official position.— ANI (@ANI_news) November 10, 2016
What he (Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar) said was that India being a responsible power should not get into 1st use debate: MoD Statement— ANI (@ANI_news) November 10, 2016