Manil Suri, Mathematics, Op-Ed in The Times of India

In an op-ed published in The Times of India on January 12, mathematics professor and affiliate professor of Asian studies Manil Suri wrote about the nuclear terrorism threat in South Asia. The column was written in response to the revelation that a captured Indian terrorist was hoping to obtain a nuclear bomb from Pakistan to plant in the Indian city of Surat.


In the column titled “The nuclear nightmare,” Suri comments on the current nuclear threat between Pakistan and India: “With enough nuclear warheads to wipe each other out, India and Pakistan are in a classic configuration of mutually assured destruction,” he writes. “The danger of nuclear escalation has made the cost of starting even a conventional war too high, no matter what the provocation.”

With the region on high alert, Suri also calls for both countries to tone down the nuclear threat and to use restraint as a way to avoid catastrophe, writing “restraint, rather than emotion, is needed to ensure the nuclear red line is never crossed.”

You can read the full op-ed in The Times of India here.