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Opposing n-deal for party gains

In the annals of India's 50-year democratic history, we are fast approaching a new low. Never before have rival political parties sought cheap political mileage out of developments that are so fundamental to India's future. The current din by the BJP and the CPM reeks of a selfishness to stay ?visible? in the news. The nuclear deal is not common fare and should not be made a victim of a mentality that says "Gosh, we can't let the Congress take credit for this!"

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 17:37 IST

In the annals of India's 50 year democratic history, we are fast approaching a new low. Never before have rival political parties sought cheap political mileage out of developments that are so fundamental to India's future.

We not only need modern nuclear and other technologies to provide power to our starving cities, rural masses and industry, but also to demonstrate to the world that India can and is winning against all odds. Being the only country to be sold this technology despite sticking to its principled stand of not signing the NPT is no mean feat.

It is easy to sit in the comfortable benches of parliament and critique pretty much everything and quite another to weave through the complexities of international opinion shapers to convince them to stand down and not object when the proposals are made public.

Whenever there have been issues that go beyond the term of the incumbent political party, prominent leaders cutting across political lines have set aside differences and agreed on a common path.

The most recent example (from 3 - 4 years ago) is the BJP conferring with the Congress on whether India should sign the NPT. The current din by the BJP and the CPM reeks of a selfishness to stay “visible” in the news. There are a million other areas to bring to the notice of the government. The nuclear deal is not common fare and should not be made a victim of a mentality that says "Gosh, we can't let the Congress take credit for this!"

If the BJP and Communists win in not ratifying this deal, every Indian will lose. And this billion strong nation will never ever forgive them. It is time for the BJP and Communists to stand down.

And, we promise, your countrymen will stand up for you.