The Khetolai declaration

Print edition : July 04, 1998

Today, June 18, 1998, a meeting was held at Khetolai village near the Pokhran field firing range, where the Indian Government conducted nuclear tests on May 11 and 13. At this meeting, we discussed the growing arms race in the world and its dangerous consequences. The meeting was also attended by Japanese citizens, including some of those who had personally experienced the tragedy of a nuclear holocaust in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during the Second World War, when the United States dropped nuclear bombs on the two cities.

When we heard their testimonies and eye-witness accounts, we felt very sorry that the growing arms race in the world is so disastrous for humanity.

Keeping in view these feelings, the gram sabha unanimously passed the following resolutions:

* All nuclear weapons should be destroyed at once all over the world so that human beings may live fearlessly and peacefully.

* The government should not take any decision regarding nuclear energy without consulting the citizens of India and providing full information to those who are directly affected.

* There should be no nuclear tests anywhere in the world.

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