Kashmir Issue Internationalized, As It Can Be A Nuclear Flash Point – Arundhati Roy

When the majority of Indian influencers resorted to pro-war rhetoric, Arundhati Roy became the voice of sanity. The Indian author became topic of the town after her article for The Huffington Post in her piece titled ‘Our Captured, Wounded Hearts: Arundhati Roy on Balakot, Kashmir and India’ – she says that by deploying IAF, Narendra Modi has done what previous governments couldn’t do for decades. She is of opinion that he has conclusively internationalised the Kashmir issue.

Arundhati writes that with his airstrike in Pakistan’s Balakot, Modi has turned Kashmir into a global problem because this suggests that it can kick off a war between the two nuclear nations. She says that since 1947, the Indian Governments have maintained their stance that Kashmir is an internal issue and can be resolved by arbitration.

However, the recent episode has revealed to the world that it is a flashpoint for a nuclear war which no one is safe from. Hence, it has given every person, country and organization in the world a reason to intervene.

But WHY? Ever since the conflict kicked off, the analysts and climate scientists have started to sketch down all the possibilities and effects that the war will have on the world. Horrifying, to say the least. India and Pakistan both have about 140 to 150 nuclear weapons. Climate scientists say that the effects of limited regional nuclear war between the two countries could start firestorms that will send millions of tons of smoke into the atmosphere. Not just this, it will also cripple the ozone layer, causing half of it to deplete. Another consequence of it will be global cooling* and trigger food shortages.

*Global cooling was a conjecture during the 1970s of imminent cooling of the Earth’s surface and atmosphere culminating in a period of extensive glaciation.

The scientists say that it will lead to a ‘global nuclear famine’, having dire consequences for the entire world, even if the explosions would be local. When nuclear weapons explode, the effects are beyond structure toppling blast wave, blinding firewall and mushroom cloud. For example, if the nuclear detonations are close to the ground, they can spread radioactive debris called ‘fallout’ for hundreds of miles.

”For the Prime Minister of this country to press its formidable Airforce into performing dangerous theatrics is deeply disrespectful. And what an irony it is, that while this irresponsible nuclear brinkmanship is being played out in our subcontinent, the mighty United States of America is in talks with the Taliban forces whom it has not managed to defeat or dislodge even after 17 years of straight-out war. The spiralling conflict in the subcontinent is certainly as deadly as it appears to be. But is it as straightforward?” – Arundhati concluded her article.

Arundhati’s piece received a lot of endorsement and appreciation, making her among the top Twitter trends for the day. 


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