Nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan would lead to a global food collapse from radiation clouds that would starve a billion people

By J. D. Heyes

Last week the world shuddered as two burgeoning nuclear powers who are also historic enemies exchanged fire again in what many believe could escalate in to their fourth war.

The latest conflagration between India and Pakistan involved an old flashpoint — Kashmir, a region that separates both countries but that each country partially administers. In mid-February, a terrorist organization, the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), carried out an attack against a busload of Indian paramilitary troops, killing more than 40 using a car stuffed with explosives.

In retaliation, India launched airstrikes against a JeM training camp well inside Pakistan-administered territory, which left at least 300 militants dead. The following day, Pakistan claimed it shot down two Indian Air Force fighters and captured one of the pilots, while India claimed its air defenses had downed a Pakistani jet.

By week’s end, the appeals for calm from the United States, Russia, China, and other nations appeared to have taken effect, but perhaps just for the time being. Again, it must be said — these two countries are historic enemies and are not afraid to attack each other or even to escalate the conflict.

The problem lies mostly with Pakistan, however. The Indian military is, by far, stronger: More troops, thousands more tanks, fighter planes, and artillery pieces, and a larger navy including one aircraft carrier. But Pakistan, a nation of 200 million, is well-armed in terms of nuclear warheads; Islamabad is believed to possess around 150 nuclear warheads and the government has the will to use them against India, which no doubt would retaliate with their own arsenal, believed to be around the same number.

While the nuclear exchange would be regional, the devastation would be global, according to experts. The couple of hundred weapons India and Pakistan possess would be more than enough to create a nuclear winter from the fallout, which would be enough to kill a sizable portion of the earth’s population, if not all of us. 

The spread of radiation-laden smoke and debris following a massive exchange of nuclear bombs between the two regional powers would quickly rise to great heights above the earth and then spread to the entire globe within two weeks, blotting out the sun and decreasing surface temperatures — not for months, but for years.

The results would be massive crop failures and soil damage. In fact, according to experts, between 10 and 40 percent of all rice, wheat, and corn crops would fail due to lack of sun and cold temperatures. Currently, there is only enough global food supply to feed the world for roughly two months — 60 days — without being replenished by new crops. After an Indo-Pak war involving a large-scale nuclear exchange, estimates are that between 1 – 2 billion people would perish because of starvation.

As The National Sentinel reported, a prior study by the Rand Corp. found that about 2 million people would die right away from a nuclear exchange between the two countries; in the ensuing weeks, 100 million more would perish, most due to radiation sickness. The two countries’ water supplies and soil would be tainted for generations.

Currently, Pakistani officials have agreed to return the Indian pilot they are said to be holding, and there have not been follow-on attacks since the air strikes last week.

But leaders in both countries are facing internal political pressures to remain strong in the face of aggression by the other, which puts the region on hair-trigger alert. Also, according to reports, the Indian media appears to be pushing the government towards war.

“We want revenge, not condemnation. … It is time for blood, the enemy’s blood,” intoned Arnab Goswami, a notoriously aggressive news anchor, the day after the JeM attack.

A version of this story first appeared at NewsTarget.

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The US Congress doesn’t care about nuclear fallout, they marched out a slime bag lawyer, liar to disrupt the President negotiations with a nuclear armed enemy who has nuclear missiles aimed at us..

Heck, if Congress doesn’t care about nukes aimed at us, Why should we.


Horse manure. We didn’t notice chernobl, we won’t know if they blow each other up. Except that we’ll have better tech support.


Ah atmospheric thermonuclear weapons are very different from Chernobyl. Detonate one or two ground bursts and see what happens. We could see a couple million dead in a couple of minutes. The radiation impact from a wide range of nuclear detonations can be found by searching “nukemap”. These numbers are at least a good first approximation of the number of causalities…


Based on many comments, anti nuclear articles, nuclear fearmongering and other misinformation most of us know little about the subject of this article but “experts” say blah blah blah. Is that like the experts on climate change? CO2 does NOT harm the planet. It does cause vegetation to grow more. Is a nuclear exchange serious stuff and dangerous for many. Certainly is! But keep in mind that between 1945 and 1969 more than 2000 nuclear bombs were set off around the world in tests. Therefore based on what the fear mongers say; the human race should be extinct. The air… Read more »

Dave Hardesty
Dave Hardesty

Having direct experience with nuclear weaponry and it’s deployment and use, I will state that any nuclear exchange of meaningful size will globally eliminate life as we know it today from the planet. The bombs that have been detonated were NOT detonated as an act of war save the two in Japan and they were basically firecrackers compared to today. But I do agree that our air is cleaner than in 1980 and the global warming craze is wrong. Extinction of the human race will be quick, when it happened, and we shall do it to ourselves. .We are well… Read more »

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