Sunday, October 22, 2006

Death of Indo-USA Nuclear Deal

Finally the reality of doomed Indo-USA Nuclear Deal is dawning on Indian Media and Establishment. Times of India Washington correspondent Chidanand Rajghatta writes about how Bush Administration is preparing the ground to take Indo-USA relations beyond this deal. It is high time both sides wake up to the reality.

Even if Republicans happen to hang on to their majority in Congress (less probable event every passing day), N. Korea’s nuclear test has altered the situation dramatically. Belligerent Iran constantly reminds problems and dangers of nuclear proliferation. Even though Nuclear Khan has been from Pakistan, for an ordinary American to believe that Indians are superior to Pakistanis in taking care of nuclear weapons is a bit leap of faith. What it brings home, home to American people, is any negation of anti-proliferation efforts – in any form – are in the end detrimental to American security. What has compounded the matter is negative tones of many India backers in Media, likes of Thomas Friedman in New York Times. Friedman in the end turned against this deal as he wrote that India needed to commit for voluntary stoppage of any further enrichment of nuclear material. That was probably the limit how far a Democratic line could go in favor of India. With the looming ascend of Democrats on the Hill, one can understand the unfolding demise of this deal in it’s current form.

It is a difficult and different matter to debate where India can indeed commit to such voluntary restraints in the given situation of nuclear Pakistan and China even though India has committed for ‘no first nuclear strike’. It will be impossible to get such a consensus in India around this policy; at least until India’s economic might pulls her far apart from Pakistan so as India becomes bold enough to drop such security measures. Simply put, time is probably not right for India to veer towards such a policy position and there are no charismatic leaders who can pull up such a rabbit. Of course, it is unfair to expect charismatic leadership only from India when rest of the world does not distinguish itself by displaying any leadership at all. Hardly anyone needs to remind the bankruptcy of American Leadership as manifested by this Bush Administration.

In coming days, far too many pressing issues are on the table of American leaders to devote any energy or political capital to this pending deal. This means the current ‘limbo’ status of India’s nuclear policy, as far as America goes, may be the best deal possible from American side in given circumstances. Naturally, it makes much more sense to explore other avenues of co-operation (more co-ordination of leading world democracies, fight against terrorism, global trade, immigration, etc.) between these two nations. Fortunately or unfortunately, the way today’s world is, it is full of challenges offering effectively unending opportunities to these two democratic nations to cooperate and improve their relationships.

Umesh Patil
San Jose, CA 95111
October 21, 2006.


Poons said...

George Bush, 9/20/2001:
“Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make.
Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. (Applause.)
From this day forward,
any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism
will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime“
On whose side is Pakistan on? Which way will the Islamic bomb drop?See how:

Anonymous said...

"Death of Indo-USA Nuclear Deal"

It may not as dead as you think mate!