THE TEST FIRING of Agni V, the Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) with a range of 5000 km and which can carry nuclear bombs to any part of China, as the defense department officials are repeatedly claiming, will not amuse any of the BPL people who constitute majority in this country. They are more interested in getting relieved of the double digit price rise, increasing corruption and under employment, than a nuclear bout between the rulers of India with an already powerful China. Like the nuclear plants and bombs paraded from Nehru’s time to ‘impress’ the masses, the ICBM is another political gimmick to hoodwink the masses. It also exposes the nonsensical claims about the BRICS summit decisions which a section of the corporate media had glorified as a rise of an alternative power centre and as India taking independent positions outside the orbit of US. On the contrary, the firing of Agni V and the noises from the US leaders show that it has gladdened them and that the Indian leaders were in a hurry to prove that they are nothing but theri junior partners.
The Agni V firing will only worsen the already bad relations of the comprador government in India with its neighbouring countries further. It will intensify the arms race in the region further, which will delight the US and its allies immensely and the international arms dealers who are benefitting from the conflicts in the region. At the same time, it will increase the economic burden over the masses of the country further. So there is nothing to rejoice from it for the people and it should be condemned as a reactionary move in the service of the US bosses. What is required is a campaign for disarmament and for an end to nuclear arms, not a new vehicle for nuclear arms.