Differing radically from the BJP’s stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal, RSS publication Organiser has expressed the view that the deal has presented India with a “new opportunity” and a stepping stone for entry into the big league.
“The other option for India was to continue with isolation and perpetually be in competition with Pakistan,” said the weekly, generally perceived to be the Sangh mouthpiece, in an editorial titled ‘The N-deal debate’. The editorial was critical of decades of non-alignment and Commonwealth obsessions that had not yielded India much global significance.
“Today India is entering a big league. If President Bush, whose domestic rating was rock bottom, is using the Indo-US deal as the most important foreign policy success and has managed to garner support from the sceptical Democrats because they did not want to be seen as voting against India, it only proves India’s growth as a world power. This should make India proud,” it stated.
Observing that India had to suffer nuclear apartheid all these years, it differed significantly from BJP senior leader MM Joshi’s contention that the Bill approved by the US panel attempted to impose severe restrictions on research activities of Indian scientists.
The editorial also dismissed Joshi's objections about India getting into CTBT and FMCT regime though not a signatory. It said these problems could be taken care of if the Indian government insists on it when the US legislation is taken up on the full floor of House of Representatives this month end.
On the Congress, the journal said they can't celebrate the deal fearing the wrath of Communists and the Muslims.