Jammu and Kashmir Police Civil Defence and State Disaster Response Force’s advisory to people for protection in case nuclear war erupts between India and Pakistan is both ill-timed and inopportune. It defies any logic to issue such advisories at a time when the condition is surely stabilizing on the LoC. Minister for External Affairs, Salman Khurshid, minced no words while saying that the situation on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir is a lot better. The minister said ties with Pakistan can move forward in a “sensible and calibrated” way once the “dust settles”. If anything, such advisories at this time while creating needless panic among the people in Jammu and Kashmir could provide grist to the propaganda mill of a section of electronic media which seems to have specialized in blowing smaller issues into big controversies. This section of the media ostensibly harbors a visceral hatred for the calm on the borders and the peace between India and Pakistan. Thankfully, the mature political leadership in the country has shown considerable restraint to fall to the jingoistic reportage.
There are at least two reasons that make issuing of such advisories at present meaningless: One, there is apparently not even a remote chance of a conventional war— not to talk of nuclear face off—between India and Pakistan at present. The LoC has witnessed much worse tension and perhaps more ceasefire violations in the past than it has seen recently. The two countries have understandably much stakes in the peace building at present. Two, most of the advisories are about building up the wherewithal to minimize the damage caused by a nuclear war. But it is obvious that such infrastructure could not be built up in just few days. Given the freezing temperatures that Kashmir is presently witnessing it would have been desirable— and fruitful too— if our Disaster Management Cell would have come up with advisories for the aged and ailing population in Kashmir to deal with the chill. We need advisories for protection from chill, not from nuclear attack.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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