Q.2 The incident of the accidental firing of a missile by India highlights the issues with the strategic stability regime in South Asia. Discuss the issues and suggest the measures needed? (10 Marks)

Mentor’s comment-
  • https://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/a-misfiring-and-its-trail-of-poor-strategic-stability/article65228306.ece
  • In the intro, mention the accidental firing incident and how Pakistan reacted to it.
  • In the body, mention the issues with strategic stability mechanism such as the absence of cruise missiles from Pre-notification agreements, no meetings on structured meetings on nuclear confidence-building measures (CBMs), refusal of China to engage in strategic stability discussions with India. In the suggestion mention the need for including cruise missiles in Pre-notification agreements, setting up of risk reduction centres (NRRCs) etc.
  • Conclude by mentioning the need to use the risk reduction mechanisms.
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