Nukes aren’t India's greatest threat to the world.
Like South Africa, India has finally awoken itself to the role that migrant workers play in the spread of the virus. This phenomenon, involves truck drivers who transport “much more than cargo” from town to town.(see image) It is estimated that there are between 2 to 5 million long distance drivers in India. The time spent away from their families often places them in close proximity to “high risk” sexual networks. These networks are locations where sex workers and drug addicts often frequent. The road networks in India are some of the most extensive in the world. This network has become the “veins” through which the disease now spreads throughout India─ making these drivers the single greatest HIV/AIDS source in the country.
Rather than partnering for the sake of nuclear energy/weapons research, the US and others should further their role in partnering to increase AIDS awareness in India. With an ever increasing infection rate (now approximately 7 million), coupled with India's continued furthering of nuclear energy research ─ India is fast becoming not only a territory for instability but a growing security threat to the region and to the world.