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Examine India’s stand with respect to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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4. Examine India’s stand with respect to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).(250 words)

Reference:   The Hindu 

Why this question:

A recent report by the U.S. State Department claimed that China has been carrying out nuclear testing against the provisions of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). Thus the question.

Key demand of the question:

One has to analyse India’s stand with respect to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Directive:

Examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we must look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly narrate the background of the question context.

Body:

To start with, explain the coming of Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) into action. Highlight the concerns associated with CTBT. Bring out the challenges and threats associated with possibility of new nuclear arms race. Discuss in detail India’s stand with respect to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

Conclusion:

Conclude with way ahead.