Objections to nuclear deal unconvincing

Inder Malhotra’s article, “A radioactive crisis” (Aug 24) is logical and convincing. The Indo-US nuclear deal has both bilateral and global implications. Simultaneously, it ends our long-standing isolation.

In the given scenario, this exceptional initiative on the part of the Bush regime must be suitably reciprocated in the larger interest of the country, ideological and partisan politics notwithstanding. Energy security is one of the prime concerns of the nation for our future prosperity. It calls for an all-inclusive debate among economists, scientists, industrialists, intelligentsia, farmers and workers.



I read B.G. Verghese’s article, “PM calls the bluff” (Aug 22) and Inder Malhotra’s article, “A radioactive crisis” (Aug 24). The Left and the BJP are making a hue and cry over the deal. Their stand against the agreement is totally unacceptable. Unfortunately, they are opposing the deal for opposition sake.


Indeed, the Left parties have proved themselves as adept practitioners in doublespeak and hypocrisy. Clearly, their threat to withdraw support to the Manmohan Singh’s government if it goes ahead with the deal amounts to blackmail. I am happy that Dr Manmohan Singh has firmly told the Left parties that he is prepared to face the consequences if they withdraw their support and topple the government.

SUNDER SINGH GIANI, Dialpura (Mohali)


I read B.G. Verghese’s article, “PM calls the bluff: There is a limit to blackmail” (Aug 22). How are the Left parties blackmailing the Prime Minister? How are they bluffing the learned Dr Manmohan Singh? Apparently, the writer is very angry with the Left and the BJP for their “innate political maturity and inferiority”.

The Left parties have very reasonably and gracefully raised their objections to Section 123 of the US Atomic Energy Act and boldly told the Centre not to go ahead with the deal. The Left leaders have brought to the people’s notice the real design and intention of the Hyde Act which clearly states that “India should work with the US to contain Iran’s nuclear programme”.

In the absence of a visionary leader, the Congress is being run on ad hoc basis. While the Left is trying hard not to operationalise the deal in national interest, the Congress seems to be adamant. Who is blackmailing whom?



Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tough stand on the nuclear deal is highly commendable. As the deal is in the larger interest of the country, he should go ahead with the agreement. He should not buckle under pressure of the Left parties.

The pressure tactics of the Left parties on the deal expose their hypocrisy. They support the UPA government from outside and they seem to feel that they enjoy power without responsibility.

SANTOSH KUMAR JAMWAL, Chauki Jamwalan (Hamirpur)


Our atomic reactors are on the verge of closure for want of uranium. The same fait awaits the thermal plants due to the fast depleting coal reserves. The cost incurred on oil import is mind-boggling. Atomic energy alone can usher in an era of plenty and prosperity vis-a-vis energy production. Hence, the nuclear deal has come as a boon. Several countries, including the ever-sceptical Australia, have agreed to meet India’s uranium requirements.

The Left parties’ stand on the deal is not surprising. In the past, too, they have huffed and puffed over financial matters, especially disinvestment. Now, due to their innate anti-Americanism, they have kicked off a lot of dust on the deal as they did during the joint Indo-US naval exercises. The nation is beholden to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his firmness and determination to go ahead with the deal.

D.K. AGGARWALA, Phagwara


The confrontation over the Indo-US nuclear deal is ridiculous. It shows that the UPA government does not take its allies into confidence before making such important international agreements. The Left parties are also making a hue and cry over the issue after the US has approved it. The issue in question is where were they when the government proposed it? The situation is serious than it actually looks.

It remains to be seen whether the UPA government will go ahead with the deal, risking the Left’s withdrawal of support to it. The ongoing confrontation proves that there is no coordination between the ruling coalition partners at the Centre.


An ode to a bridge

I read the news-item, “Hyderabad Co. to build Chakki bridge” (Aug 27). The 118-year-old bridge along with six pillars collapsed and washed away on Aug 9.

It connected the beautiful Kangra valley to Punjab through NH 20. Besides it was helping thousands of people of Nurpur and Pathankot. Apart from providing reasonable shopping options to residents from the Himachal side, Pathankot also provides specialised medical facilities. When the alternative route through Lodwan gets ready, it will meet the heavy volume of traffic.

Right now, some passage should be provided on this route to those who use their own vehicles. Even buses and small trucks can be provided passage through the riverbed by constructing a temporary bridge till the new bridge gets ready. Will the Punjab and Himachal Pradesh governments rise to the occasion to mitigate the problems of the people?

Lt-Col D.S. MANKOTIA (retd), Kandwal, Nurpur (HP)



Unborn daughters

I read Ruchika M. Khanna’s article, “Save the girl child” (Aug 2). The woman is adored at all stages in one way or the other - right from her childhood to old age. The question arises: why, then, are women killed in the womb or thrown on the roadside? Female foeticide can be checked only if the media plays a pro-active role. The menace can be effectively checked only if a girl is considered as the affectionate sister or daughter of the entire village or town.


Timely piece

Vibhor Mohan’s article, “Child once again” was timely. “Have fun that you could not have”. Somehow it is positive, but the article as such is depressive. Our modern lifestyle is the root cause of the problem. Children have a special role in parents’ life. As the writer wrote, the desire to live each moment to the fullest comes from the inner core of the heart.

GURWINDER, Samrala (Punjab)

This isn’t chinkara

The picture of the animal used with the Page 1 report about the Jodhpur Sessions Court upholding Salman Khan’s conviction by a lower court is not that of chinkara (Gazelle gazella) but of spotted deer, commonly called cheetal. There is a lot of difference between the two species.




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