N-deal a victim of coalition politics

THE editorial, “Deal in coma” (Oct 17), and O.P. Sabherwal’s article, “Don’t kill the N-deal” (Oct 17), have views on the Indo-US nuclear deal expressed in their own ways. Whereas the editorial declares the deal as almost dead, Mr Sabherwal asks the Left to rethink their stand on the issue and reach consensus by holding talks with the UPA leadership.

He also asks the UPA leadership to continue the dialogue with the Leftists on points which generate doubts about the US’ imperialistic designs. Now, as observed in the editorial, if the deal is almost dead, then India should think of alternatives to meet her energy needs.

Clearly, the deal has fallen a victim to the coalition politics. The government has saved itself and put the deal on hold to avoid mid-term elections. It is not a bad decision, but the deal should not die. The only way now to break the impasse is to debate the issue in Parliament and reach a consensus to declare that in no case India’s independent foreign policy will be compromised.

The US should be told in clear terms that India has got nothing to do with the Hyde Act. No force on the earth can stop India from working for its national interest.



Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says that the failure of the Indo-US nuclear deal won’t be the end of life. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi retracts through a hard-hitting statement. The N-deal seems to have been put in the cold storage.

The duo had almost made up their mind for a snap poll to save the N-deal in the national interest but seem to have buckled under pressure from the allies and also their own partymen. National interest stands sacrificed at the altar of power.

Mr B.G. Deshmukh, former Cabinet Secretary, in an article in The Tribune on the theme “Coalition dharma” had advised the Opposition to keep national interest above their own. But here we find the ruling coalition itself abandoning national interest to remain in power. What a coalition dharma!

Wg-Cdr C.L. SEHGAL (retd),


The Centre’s climbdown on the US-India nuclear deal shows one thing very clearly. It has rightly realised that it cannot face mid-term elections due to its failure on almost all counts, despite showing to the aam-aadmi ‘shining’ but illusory growth-rate statistics.

BALVINDER, Chandigarh


The spat between the Left parties and the Congress over the India-US civil nuclear cooperation agreement had become a keen contest of who would blink first. Politics can throw up more surprises than the Prime Minister expected when he talked tough to the Left through a newspaper interview.

As the Prime Minister has once again pointed out, he is a “politician by accident”. He has been outmanoeuvred by professional politicians including some in his own party.

J.S.ACHARYA, Hyderabad


Our country is in the grip of acute shortage of power. The energy is essentially required for running of industrial units. Keeping this in view, the UPA government initiated a nuclear deal with the US. But the Left parties are opposing the operationalisation of the agreement; they are threatening to bring down the government if it proceeded further on the issue.

The parties opposing the deal, including the Left parties, are hardly doing any good for the country. The government must go ahead with the deal which is in the national interest.

Dr R.S. VARMA, Karnal

Regulating civil services

Dharam Vir’s article “Law for public servants” (Sept 19) mentions that the government has drafted the Public Services Bill, 2006, to provide a statutory basis for the regulation of public services as envisaged under Article 309 of the Constitution.

We have too much governance but too little administration, too many laws and too little justice. A plethora of rules and regulations already exist, but they remain ineffective for the lack of strict implementation and monitoring. These rules have existed since long and had ensured discipline and integrity among the public services.

The present-day ills among the civil servants are due to politicians who, by dangling carrots of lucrative or punitive posting, extension and reemployment in services, grant of higher scale, make them deviate from the path of probity and impartiality. They say that now in government jobs, it is the survival of the unfittest. There is no need for more laws. However, the present rules and regulations may be suitably amended according to the requirements but enforced strictly and monitored.

C. AGGARWAL, New Delhi



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