The persistent conflict over Kashmir has transformed the region into a powder keg, where the dangerous game of nuclear chicken is being played out. The theory of nuclear chicken, derived from the game theory framework, provides a useful lens to understand the dynamics of the Kashmir conflict in the context of nuclear-armed nations. In the game of chicken, two drivers accelerate their vehicles toward each other, and the first to swerve to avoid a collision is considered the “chicken.” The theory of nuclear chicken applies this concept to the realm of international relations, where two adversaries engage in a high-stakes game of brinkmanship, with the potential for catastrophic consequences if neither side backs down. BJP’s ideology is exacerbating the risk of a catastrophic nuclear conflict in the region, turning Kashmir into an even more dangerous game of nuclear chicken. In conclusion, the rise of an extremist government in India, represented by the BJP and its ideology, poses a significant danger in the high-stakes game of nuclear chicken being played out in Kashmir.
Source: The Nation May 26, 2023 01:23 UTC