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SurferSpeak | Big 'yes' for Iran vote

Surfers say India's energy needs came first; hence it was a right decision.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 13:51 IST

The contentious Iran vote at the IAEA meet had our surfers favouring India's vote overwhelmingly. They seem to clearly state that India's national interest was supreme.

Also, that Iran didn't really have an energy deficit, being home to the world's largest oil and gas reserves and the fourth-largest oil producer. So where's the need for civilian nuclear energy?

Clearly, Iran is making a bomb, say most of our surfers. And an Islamic nation making bomb does India no good.

Most of them seem irate at the Left parties' support for Iran.

Vipin Upadhyay from Doha, Qatar puts it so.

"I fail to understand why these Left parties are determined to neglect national interest just for the sake of their anti-US policies."

He adds, "Those who are demanding a debate in Parliament must know that India voted only when it was sure that Russia and China are also voting in favour."

Most importantly both Russia (a former Communist nation) and China is a "Communist" nation from whom our Left parties draw inspiration!

After waiting for several years we have now a golden opportunity to acquire civilian nuclear energy from nuclear suppliers group for which US agreement is a must.

Thanks to the efforts by our PM Manmohan Singh, we have already achieved a breakthrough, during his recent visit to the US.

Energy security will be of paramount importance to us. The economists have predicted that India's energy need would be the second largest in the world in terms of growth after China. Our PM has already foreseen the energy needs of the country.

Therefore, this energy is always the best option compared to fossil fuels and also it will minimise over dependence on oil producing countries.

Moreover, nuclear field is the area where India has its own expertise.

Forget the Left parties; just see the ground reality in the Middle East where, except Syria all other nations including oil rich Gulf Countries are in favour that Iran should not carry out nuclear activities."

Vipin failed to see any logic in the "India succumb to US Pressure" line of thinking. He felt if China could vote against Iran, it was time India's Left parties thought afresh.

Atul Saxena, Tarrytown, US too felt, "National interest comes first. Our national interest is to have sufficient supply of electricity, in order to have high standards of living."

He further added, "Our Prime Minister is an intellectual and qualified candidate for his job. Whatever he is doing is good for our nation."

Bhavin from Surat too agreed India's interest is what mattered the most.

"India is taking the right steps. Iran cannot be trusted with their nuclear programme. Personally, countries shouldn't be spending money on military but improving the country's economy.

Nationalism is history, now countries run by corporations. India is taking all the right steps, opening up the economy, improving infrastructure and bringing peace."

Prasannan from Mumbai chose to target his ire against the Left in particular.

He said, "Whatever the Government has done is right. The Left parties led by Prakash Karat and team should be ignored when it comes to the development of the country. They are there for dividing the country. Look at Kerala for example."

MS from Patna too was clear that India did not succumb to any US pressure.

Raj from US said Iran could not be trusted. "Iran is another Islamic country building the nuclear bomb and they would not hesitate to use it. They have attacked India's nuclear programme to defend theirs and they are close to Pakistan. We will also gain in nuclear technology by voting against a country which is not been a reliable friend. I think we made a good decision," he opined.

Gurps from Birmingham, UK felt Iran as a nuclear state would further precipitate the Middle East crisis.

"The main question India's Left parties should ask is why does Iran need a nuclear weapon?"

"If it has a nuclear weapon, it will create more tension in the Middle East," he believed.

Karam from Auckland, New Zealand thought Left parties needed to grow up.

Satyapaul from Markham, Canada too thought so.

He said, "Pakistan is a nuclear-armed state. She is a hostile neighbour and shall be so another 50 years. We cannot afford another nuclear-armed neighbour."

Not all agreed to that though. Many were absolutely opposed to India's tame submission to the US.

Ramdayal Sharma from Toronto, Canada felt India had acted in a rather "spineless" manner.

"After all the false indications that we would decide on merit, our PM has shown that we are now also pawns of the US," he said angrily.

Abida from New Delhi was of the opinion that India should not toe the US line. It should have its own logic.

Ram Sethuraman from Mississauga, Canada thought we had traded with our right of being "considered independent".

"India is in deep trouble. The nuclear deal has helped India to sell itself. America is smart in creating an illusion that it is helping us. India is being defeated without any firepower by appeasing statements that it is going to be a world power," he said.

Paramjit Singh from Cornwall, Canada felt Iran has full right to develop nuclear arsenal for its self-defence.

"India has succumbed to US pressure. When US, Russia, China, France, UK can have it, why not Iran? I personally feel, as of today, the most dangerous country is the US not Iran, who has killed lakh of people on the pretext of their safety," he said huffing.

Guess, national interest reigns supreme then.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 12:24 IST