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Visualising a powerful India

‘There is hardly any nuclear problem at present which we cannot solve. We are on the right path of scientific progress and if everything goes well, we will surely supersede our competitors,’ said Homi Sethna, former chairman of the Department of Atomic Energy from Homi Bhabha’s school of thought, a man who ushered India into a world of scientific independence. Bhabha had tapped India’s nuclear energy potential and revealed it to the world. Thanks to his experiments and tireless efforts, India today is fast emerging as one of the most important nuclear powers of the contemporary world.
 
On 26 January 2013 India successfully test-fired a ballistic missile, with a strike range of around 1,500 kms, from an underwater platform in the Bay of Bengal, sharpening its missile prowess. Experts believe that this missile will help India achieve the capability of launching nuclear warheads from underwater facilities. K-5 is part of the family of underwater missiles being developed by DRDO for the Indian strategic forces’ underwater platforms.

So far, India had the capability of delivering nuclear weapons from land and aerial platforms
only. After launching the first missile in the underwater category, India has now moved a step closer to completing its nuclear triad - the ability to fire nuclear-tipped missiles from land, air and sea. India has a flourishing and largely indigenous nuclear-power programme and expects to have a huge nuclear capacity on line by 2020. India’s support of peace is a known fact. Even during past problems with neighbouring countries we have always advocated for peace. But it is important that India’s support for peace is not viewed by the world as stemming from its weakness. The current situation across the globe warns us that we need to strengthen our ability to deal with nuclear emergencies. Neighbouring countries with whom we have hoped for peaceful ties, have betrayed our faith in their intentions. And so there is no harm in strenghthening ourselves, even as we continue with the peace process.
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