If the nuclear weapon state (NWS)-parties to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty are at all serious about implementing Article – VI, at the 2010 NPT Review Conference they would have given binding unqualified negative security assurance to Non-NWS, consent to a no-first-use pledge between the NWS, agree to de-alert all deployed nuclear weapons, and take necessary steps to begin preparations for holding a nuclear weapons convention. Without these binding commitments, every other step would merely amount to an exercise in futility.
In recent years, the U.S. leadership has been consistently portraying the United States as the “world’s oldest democracy” on the premise that the form of “democracy” that was established soon after attaining independence from Britain way back in 1776 was supposedly consistent with the present United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Is this really the case? Doesn't the chequered and absolutely shameful past of the nation, its emphasis on exclusivity, blatant racism and exclusion militate against this claim? ND Jayaprakash of the Delhi Science Forum answers this and more in this article. Article attached in the post.