This is yet another pearl of a speech delivered by India’s Prime Minester, Shri. Rajiv Gandhi. It was addressed to the United Nations General Assembly session on June 9, 1998. This speech delivers comprehensively in setting a matter of immense gravity in the right tone before an audience of dignitaries. It is effective in painting the grim forecast of repercussions caused by our action… as well as our inaction. It succeeds in setting the stage for the crux of his speech with the imagery it creates using words like:
Nuclear war will not mean the death of a hundred million people. Or even a thousand million. It will mean the extinction of four thousand million: the end of life as we know it on our planet Earth”
“Astronomical sums are being invested in ways of dealing with death”
“…that everyone can be saved by ensuring that in the event of conflict, everyone will surely die.
This speech also manages to succinctly describe the state of human affairs at the time:
It is true that in the past four decades, parts of the world have experienced an absence of war. But a mere absence of war is not a durable peace.”
“Peace which rests on the search for a parity of power is a precarious peace.”
“Deterrence needs an enemy, even if one has to be invented.