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India at the nuclear high table

With reference to the report Nuclear dawn (September 7), the BJP’s opposition to the deal is inexplicable.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2008 22:26 IST

With reference to the report Nuclear dawn (September 7), the BJP’s opposition to the deal is inexplicable. Since the present government has committed itself to the same unilateral moratorium on further testing announced during the NDA regime, the charge of sacrificing nuclear sovereignty does not stick. The statement that India has still the right to test while the world has the right to react, sums up the situation aptly. However, it is hypocritical to assume that the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) members shall continue to supply us the latest nuclear knowhow and fuel while we explode weapons in their face. The waiver opens up a window of opportunity to do nuclear commerce and we must use it to our benefit.

JM Manchanda, via email

II

The NSG has given an unconditional waiver to India’s nuclear trade. Now India has become a nuclear weapons country to be included in global nuclear commerce without signing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) or the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). The NSG waiver has demonstrated India is a global leader in the nuclear club and also a good practitioner of tough parleys. India can now carry out its nuclear trade without much difficulty.

S Saravana Durai, Hyderabad

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India has come a long way in developing indigenous nuclear technology. But more importantly, it has practised the required restraint. that is expected of a nuclear-armed country.

No wonder the world community has accepted us as a member of the nuclear club and is willing to trade with us. The credit goes to the policies that we have followed. Credit is also due to the UPA government, which has succeeded in convincing the US that we are not a rogue nation but a civilised one that will use nuclear technology for military purposes.

SN Dhar, Gurgaon

Obama’s candid revelations

The report Obama: Pak using US aid against India (September 6) is a warning from a US presidential hopeful. Barack Obama’s statement makes it clear that Pakistan is encouraging terrorist activities across the world and that the US has been supporting Pakistan’s nefarious policies against India. Should we still believe in the sanctity of the US’s so-called war against terror?

Ashok Wigh, Gurgaon

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Barack Obama’s revelation that Pakistan is misusing US aid is not shocking. Post-9/11, the US poured millions of dollars into Pakistan to curb the menace of terrorism which President Pervez Musharraf amply utilised to fill his coffers. And General Pervez Musharraf had his own reasons for keeping the anti-India terror network in his country — including the Inter-Services Intelligence — well funded.

Deepak Chikramane, via email

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