Hiroshima marks 70th anniversary – a strong call for nuclear disarmament

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

SOUMEN MAITRA , EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Seventy years after an American atomic bomb destroyed this city and brought World War II to an end, yet it started a new fear in the minds of millions – a fear of nuclear obliteration and mass destruction.

To mark the occasion, people from an estimated 100 countries, including U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, attended the ceremony, which marked the moment on Aug. 6, 1945 that a bomb called “Little Boy” instantly killed at least 60,000 people in Hiroshima. Three days later, a bomb dubbed “Fat Man” killed 40,000 more in Nagasaki. As of today the total number of victims stands at a staggering figure of around 3 lakhs.

The bombings helped stop the war but ruined two cities and left generations of Japanese suffering the effects of radiation poisoning. Cancer and other related illnesses claimed tens of thousands of lives.

The civilized world today stands united on cry – “No to war”. The consequences of nuclear attack on Japan should have brought nations together and agree on using nuclear power for human good only. But that didn’t happen – right after the WWII, a suppressed tension brewed between the communist nations and the capitalist nations. Their constant fear of one secretly trying to overpower the other during the phase of cold war days led to a dangerous race – a race for nuclear armament. Nukes become more powerful and destructive and era of preparing long range missiles with nuclear war heads to claim ones superiority over other became so prominent that the world began to fear another war and this time that would have meant complete catastrophe and obliteration of the creator itself from the face of mother earth.

The voice for disarmament grew stronger among masses and changes in few world orders luckily helped the nations to unite together and from a governing body. The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as the Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT was formulated. It is an international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to

further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament.With a strong case of using nuclear power for benefits of mankind only, all nations should come forward and become a part of the program. This would at least ensure peace and harmony for years to come.

References:

  1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33792789
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_on_the_Non-Proliferation_of_Nuclear_Weapons
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