India is not moving to counterforce doctrine4 min read . Updated: 07 Apr 2017, 01:57 AM IST
The current estimate of India's nuclear arsenal is not good enough for minimum credible deterrence, let alone a counterforce first strike to disarm Pakistan
There has been a lot of speculation on India’s nuclear doctrine since Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said, “There is increasing evidence that India will not allow Pakistan to go first," at a conference on nuclear policy hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for Internation Peace, a Washington-based think tank. Referring to an India-Pakistan war scenario, Narang added that India’s opening salvo may not be conventional strikes trying to pick off just Nasr batteries in the theatre, but a full comprehensive counterforce strike that attempts to completely disarm Pakistan of its nuclear weapons.