N-deal not in India?s interest
FORMER MEMBER of Parliament and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Subhashini Ali said the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement was not in the national interest, as it paved the way for inspection of Indian nuclear installations by foreigners.Updated: Mar 08, 2006 00:38 IST
FORMER MEMBER of Parliament and Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Subhashini Ali said the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement was not in the national interest, as it paved the way for inspection of Indian nuclear installations by foreigners.
Talking to Hindustan Times, she said India should focus on improving its relations with emerging powers in Asia, instead of blindly toeing the US line. She said while the US wanted India’s support to mount pressure on China, India should be very watchful on the issue.
She criticised the UPA Government’s economic policies and said the Leftist parties had called for a change in the anti-people policies and heedless pursuit of economic reforms.
Removal of trade barriers and promoting foreign direct investment (FDI) in general trade were not in favour of the Indian economy, she added.
She said thousands of small-scale units had closed down and unemployment had rapidly increased.
If the Manmohan Singh Government failed to take note of these, the Congress would incur the people’s wrath.
Subhashini said the Leftist parties had geared up to launch an awareness campaign against blind pursuit of guidelines issued by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international agencies.
The party would organise rallies and demonstrations to mount pressure on the government, she said, adding that even the agriculture sector was ignored in the Union Budget.
Though interest rates had been reduced, loans were still not reaching farmers, she said.
The Congress had suffered a jolt in Bihar and Karnataka due to its pro-American policies, she said, adding that the party could suffer a major setback in coming assembly elections if it did not change its stand.