Nehru on Brahmin Bomb

by Thera Jegannathan

It is generally thought that the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, followed the doctrine of non-violence and was opposed to nuclear weaponisation of India. This is not true; the letter published below proves Pandit Nehru did support the nuclear bomb. His descendant Indira Gandhi exploded India's first nuclear bomb. Subsequently the Brahmanic BJP made India an officially nuclear weapons state in 1998.

The Times of India, July 10, 1998

Nehru & the Bomb (a letter)

A.P. Saxena, New Delhi

" Apropos K. Subrahmanyam's illuminating piece, "Hedging against Hegemony: Gandhi's Logic in the Nuclear Age" (June 16), it is interesting to recall Jawaharlal Nehru's first reactions to the bomb. Soon after the devastation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nehru too, like Gandhi, anticipated the emergence of new "first rate powers", especially America, which desired to impose its will along with "various controls".

In his first public reaction on August 25/26,1945, Nehru noted that two atom bombs have destroyed five lakhs of people, "compelling Nippon to surrender", and also predicted, "the atomic bomb is a great brute force and other countries will find out soon about what it is."

A fortnight later, when asked at a press conference how the menace of the atom bomb can be checked, Nehru replied, ...... the question is really one of trying to remove the causes of inequality and friction. At present there is imperialist control of various countries. There is financial imperialism as well as racial inequality. All these must go." By end December 1945, Nehru was more specific. "Recent developments would seem to indicate that America is underwriting the Empire (British)... which is fraught with gravest consequences... a continuing revolt of millions which even the atom bomb will not suppress."

Further, ..... the success in the last war has made some nations feel that they face no obstacles to do what they choose with the rest of the world... they are under a delusion... even this mighty source of power is not going to enable the countries who possess it to impose their will on countries..."

Nehru gave a comprehensive elucidation of his views at a Delhi press conference (August 25), a fortnight after the blasts. To a specific question, "Would the future government of India have atom bombs in its armoury?" Nehru answered, "So long as the world is constituted as it is, every country will have to devise and use the latest scientific methods for its protection. I have no doubt India will develop its scientific researches and I hope Indian scientists will use the atomic force for constructive purposes. But if India is threatened, it will inevitably try to defend itself by all means at its disposal. I hope, India in common with other countries will prevent it being used."


  • Article sourced from :

    -- Gopal Dombi,
    Dalitstan Journal,
    Volume 2, Issue 6 (Dec. 2000)

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