In praising the benefits of the India-US nuclear deal, R Rajaraman (A fruitless venture, May 1) gets his facts wrong. He doesn’t know that all spent fuel from imported reactors will be under external inspection and can only be reprocessed under IAEA safeguards. Despite such inspection, the US refuses to give India the right to reprocess.
He doesn’t know that the US legislation requires that the Nuclear Suppliers Group mirror the US-set conditions for India. Just when negotiations are underway, such a one-sided article suggests that the author has an axe to grind.
K Shankar Kumar
The trade of natural resources has become an important foreign relations agenda all over the world. In a recent summit, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela offered allies in Latin America and the Caribbean oil at half price. Recent relations between the United States and India have come in the form of nuclear energy.
Even the relationship like that between the US and its ally Saudi Arabia is based on the purchase of natural resources. And as some critics of the Iraq war would say, the war in Iraq was more about oil and less about WMDs.
By winning the third cricket World Cup, the Australians have shown how much their positive attitude works. They raised their game to even higher standards against teams like South Africa, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The style in which Australia beat them cleared all doubts as to which is the best team in the world.
Krishna R Patel
Apropos of the report Chomping chicken and kicking butt (May 1), it is heartening to learn from the findings of the National Sample Survey that we are not only eating less red meats but also smoking less. It shows some amount of health awareness and this is a good sign.
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