Thursday, November 16, 2006

Resurrection of Indo-USA Nuclear Deal – Thumbs Up For India

With the passage of the Indo-USA Nuclear Deal in Senate, the path has been paved for its finalization. The biggest victory for India was apparent when all of the amendments were defused. As of now there does not seem to be any amendment attached to the deal. There is no doubt that the deal would have gone to the tubes if any of those amendments had survived. It would have been almost impossible for Indian politicians to back the bill with those amendments.

The passage is clear achievement of lobbying efforts on behalf of India. It also shows the tenacity of India’s foreign policy establishment and it augurs good for India in days to come. Even with complete ascendancy of Democrats on Hill and consequent strong political air of Anti Nuclear Proliferation ideology, passage of the bill in Senate demonstrates effectiveness of political persuasion adopted by India.

The next step of House – Senate reconciliation seems a done deal. It will be a surprise if problems crop at that late stage. Problems can come at that point. But politically the Senate passage immediately after Democrats victory was kind of a litmus test and it has resulted in India’s favor. Good for India and a good omen for longer term Indo-USA Relationship.

Umesh Patil
San Jose, CA 95111
November 16, 2006.

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