Criticism of nuclear deal misplaced

This has reference to H.K. Dua’s front-page editorial “With vision and statesmanship” (March 3) and his Edit Page article “Breaking from the past: India and US opt for a new relationship” (March 6).

The criticism from the Left and the Opposition parties seems misplaced as the agreement on nuclear energy cooperation specifies that military nuclear power reactors after having been separated will not be subjected to international inspection. This implies that India is at liberty to produce nuclear weapons required for a credible nuclear deterrent.

As a result of this deal, India is assured of uninterrupted supply of nuclear fuel and technology for its nuclear power reactors so designated as civilian. Experts in the US believe that with the existing indigenous resources, India cannot hope to become a major nuclear weapon state in the near future.

For free access to huge Indian market, joint ventures and technology transfer, the US is compelled to show concern to India’s energy needs. Economic genius in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh grabbed the opportunity to accelerate the growth of Indian economy and clinched the deal without jeopardising its security needs.

Col KULDIP SINGH GREWAL (retd), Patiala

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President Bush emerged as a wise statesman after his Iraq misadventure. He has also seen through Pakistan’s double-edged policy, its dubious role in the leakage of nuclear secrets to certain rogue states. He wisely picked up the thread of America’s India policy from where left by Clinton.

Mr Bush has opened his arms to India which would help contain China, maintain balance in the East, ease India’s energy deficiency, give a fillip to IT revolution, ensure smooth functioning of India’s nuclear reactors and will prove beneficial to the US along with accrual of benefits to India as well.

In short, the break from the past creditably speaks of the political wisdom of Mr Bush and Dr Manmohan Singh. Their acts of sagacity will herald a vision for the 21st Century.

V.I.K. SHARMA, Jalandhar


The Indo-US agreement shows that both countries have acted in their overall national interests. The agreement is historic because it provides India a breakthrough not only in the NPT regime but clinching a prerogative to be independent of the shackles placed by nuclear powers.

The credit, as brought out by Mr Dua in the editorial, goes to both President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. It will be politically naïve to think that India has been pushed around; it is US’ compulsions too to safeguard its interests.

Lieut-Col CHANAN SINGH DHILLON (retd), Ludhiana


No one wants India to become a stooge of the US or follow its policies blindly. However, there is no harm in seeking cooperation from the US on an equal footing for furthering its interests. In this, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has shown remarkable wisdom and foresight by inking the pact. Undoubtedly, the US has recognised India as a nuclear power.

Mr Dua’s front-page editorial and Edit Page article help make us aware of the pros and cons of the agreement as also its implications.



The Indo-US relations are in for a big change. However, the present global turmoil due to the continuance of the war of civilisations must end. As India is the only Asian power that will stand by the US, the latter is much more dependent upon the former than the other way round.

M.G. KAPALY, New Delhi

Instability haunts Karnataka

DURING Mr S.M. Krishna’s rule, the Congress government in Karnataka earned the dubious distinction of becoming the “fourth most corrupt state”. After his rule, the Congress strength in the State Assembly plummeted from 130 to 65.

The Congress usurped power by cobbling together a coalition with its bitter rival, the JD (S). During Mr Dharam Singh’s rule, there was rampant corruption, lawlessness and atrocities on women and Dalits.

I don’t know how long the H.D. Kumaraswamy government would last. Karnataka is in for political instability. Despite all the hype and hoopla, the Congress will meet the same fate in Karnataka as in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

R.K. MANI, Mangalore (Karnataka)


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