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Netizens on N-deal

"...The Leftists are acting like dishonest wives who desperately want divorce (or are pretending to do so) but are unable to demand it because of their husbands' hefty bank accounts."

india Updated: Aug 30, 2007 18:24 IST

  The Leftists are now showing their true colours. They are acting like dishonest wives who desperately want divorce (or are pretending to do so) but are unable to demand it because of their husbands' hefty bank accounts. Nobody but us Delhiites can better feel the need for unconventional energy sources. We sweat it out in our homes during the week and rush to shopping malls on weekends to cool off. If this deal goes through, India would be self-sufficient in meeting all energy needs for the coming decades. Whichever way the US design unfolds, it clearly spells great danger for the internal security of South Asia and the sovereignty of South Asian nations. Even in the limited context of the economics and politics of atomic programmes and energy generation, experts have warned against the serious adverse implications of the nuclear deal. Nobody ever doubted the intelligence and honesty of Dr Manmohan Singh. He has surprised us by showing some muscle too. He dared the Left to withdraw support over the Indo-US nuclear deal. I don't think there is any risk to the UPA government at the moment but it is time our political parties, instead of addressing their own constituencies, start thinking in terms of national interest. The deal to import US civilian nuclear fuel is important for an energy-hungry country like India. The 'we know it all' media experts are outraged because the Left critique of the entire process has cut through the smoke screen of trying to delink the 123 text from the larger context of Indo-US relations. The collapse of what Noam Chomsky described as 'manufactured consensuses' is what hurts them the most.
The aggressive US unilateralism, with the ongoing blood bath and humanitarian crisis in Iraq being its most obvious manifestation, is increasingly alienating world public opinion. To be closely identified with such a tendency can only undermine India's foreign policy choices. And that can only be detrimental to our national interest. Call me cynical if you must, but the thing that most amazes me about the 123 Agreement between India and the US is that the normally incompetent Bush administration helped arrange something that will benefit both the US economy and the Indian economy — and very possibly the environment of both nations, too. It's almost as if they had a moment of lucid good sense. Whoever dropped Prozac into the administration's water supply is to be applauded.

http://commentisfree. If craziness were to descend, India's decision would be to sacrifice its new nuclear status for the right to acquire a thermonuclear device. The appaling judgement would be one for a government of the future, not today. As Otto von Bismarck, the Prussian statesman advised, "no nation is obliged to sacrifice its existence on the altar of treaty fidelity." Since India never had ambitions to be a source of nuclear terrorism, the US has gained precisely nothing in its negotiations while India gets the technology to upgrade its nuclear power industry. Rather than being browbeaten by Bush, India has stood its ground as a sovereign nation and got what it wants. Bush, by restraining the traditional arrogance of his administration, has managed to hold on to India as a marginal ally. While the deal itself is comprehensively locked in diplomatic gives and takes, what it really spells is this. That for the future, complete disarmament of nuclear weapons is out of the question. What we will see instead is the powers that possess these weapons will also have the right to determine who else possesses them.

Compiled by Renuka Bisht

First Published: Aug 20, 2007 03:54 IST