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On Rewarding India

12 September, 2005

By Shamsa Ishfaq

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According to a White House communiqué yesterday, Bush agreed that "India should acquire the same benefits and advantages" as other states with advanced nuclear technology. Bush vowed to "work to achieve full civil nuclear energy cooperation with India". So far these benefits are restricted to P5 - the US, Russia, China, Britain and France - that are recognized as legitimate nuclear states under the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

USA's decision to allow India to acquire the same facilities accorded to a member-state of NPT without signing the agreement seems to be a virtual recognition of India as a nuclear weapon state. This joint US-India accord calls for the first formal restructuring of the nuclear non-proliferation regime in the last 30 years to accommodate India's desire for acceptance as a nuclear power.  The accord will enable India to secure international help for its civilian nuclear reactors while retaining its nuclear arms. India can now also obtain nuclear fuel for the Tarapur reactors. Under the terms of the deal, India agreed to place its civilian nuclear facilities - but not its nuclear weapons arsenal - under international monitoring and pledged to continue to honor a ban on nuclear testing. In return, it would have access, for the first time, to conventional weapons systems and to sensitive U.S. nuclear technology that can be used in either a civilian or a military program. It could also free India to buy the long-sought-after Arrow Missile System developed by Israel with U.S. technology.

President Bush's agreement has reversed decades of U.S. policies designed to discourage countries from developing nuclear weapons. The agreement does not call for India to cease production of weapons-grade plutonium and hence enables her to expand its nuclear arsenal. Moreover, the communiqué has raised the concerns in quarters of US administration that the deal with India, which built its atomic arsenal in secret, would undermine efforts to confront Iran and North Korea over their nuclear programs. There are also concerns about the acceptance of agreement in Pakistan, a key ally in the U.S. campaign against al Qaeda.

Strategic analysts opine that this move is part of a White House strategy to accelerate New Delhi's rise as a global power, which presents herself a counterweight to China. As a matter of fact, the record shows that since its inception, India has had troubled relations with almost all its neighbours and counterbalancing China is a hollow slogan. India has been failed to forge friendly relations with its neighbours. Her fast developing trade relations with China at one hand and work on US policy of containment of china on the other reflects her dual standards. 

Analysts fear that although Indian PM has expressed that India is a responsible nuclear state but it is also a known fact that she has been engaged in covert nuclear proliferation activities for years. And despite the accord has signed, there is the possibility of nuclear leakages and illegal transfer of sensitive technology by India.
India needs support from both the houses of the US congress for adaptation of this deal. There are fair chances that deal will run into a problem with congress and also the 40 members of nuclear supplier group on the ground that it would undermine Washington's credibility and even-handedness when dealing with countries like North Korea and Iran.

Some factions of US administration are already saying that rewarding India after it tested nuclear weapons would be unfair to countries like Japan and Brazil that had the ability to conduct nuclear tests but refrained from doing so out of respect for international non-proliferation regimes.

The reservations of concerned quarters are genuine and demand from Bush administration to review their policy of exceptionalism. This reward to India without consent of both houses of US Congress and 40 members of nuclear suppliers group will likely to increase the dangers of nuclear holocaust.


Reader Comments:

why object ?

Its obvious that in todays world you cannot depend upon hydrocarbon base energy sources(Oil 70$+). You have to develop alternate sources(15 years from now u won't see oil anywhere). US and India has tied up to bring advancement in this area since India has huge energy requirement. The support is not to develop nuclear weapon, its already been developed by India and Pak both and kept as a deterent for war. If technology has to be stolen it can be done now also and US aid doesn;t reduce or increase that risk.
So my request is please don't object to the the constructive development happening in our country.


sanjay, Hungary - 20 September, 2005

to Tarek

well glad that u finally revealed where u r from. Well if you are so concerned about our aggresiveness why dont u suggest ur pal China to leave Tibet and Xinjiang. The fact is you are never gonna get Kashmir just like Tibet will always be with China bye bye. And also we dont train cowards like Osama we fight openly

saptarshi, New Zealand - 22 September, 2005

Keep cribbing and envy every move of India as it leaps ahead.Meanwhile we become a superpower someday..while Pakistan still remains lik what it is...or worse..degenerate further..I have never seen Paki news hog Indian media limelight..It only showws how disinterested we are abt ur country and its affairs...meanwhile u keep watching and commenting..truth is..u can do nothing at all..

Aslam, Hungary - 26 September, 2005

just one thing, what right does the author have to speak with a high moral ground about these supposed " nuclear leaks" when pakistan was deeply embroile in such controversies under Abdul Qadeer Khan?

krishna, Pakistan - 27 September, 2005


Hello Dude
India was the country that helped Bangladesh become soveriegn. If India had not recognoized Bangladesh, India would rplied with brutal force for the cruel crimes committed by the Bangladeshi border gaurds. You harbor Indian terrorists and never comply with requests to turn them over. Most of all India feeds so many Bangldeshis. I have been to the border areas of assam with Bangladeshis. The plight of the poor people from B'desh is pitiful. Instead of spending your time publishing anti India commensts do something for the poor Bangladeshis so that they dont have to illegally cross the border with begging bowls

Vinodh, Pakistan - 14 December, 2005

OKAY friends i agree that India did help us in 1971 when Pakistan was opressing us. If it were not for India pakis would have certainly raped us. but after our independence india has done precious little to help us.
got it

Tarek Masud, Bahrain - 10 March, 2006


Is Avijeet Singh joking? What he just wrote sounds like fanaticism and nationalism. The highest suicide rate is in India. Get real, man. Stop fooling yourself with India-centric mythology. Pakistan may be crude and backwards in a lot of respects, but don't fool yourself into believing that crap about India.

Sukdip, Hungary - 12 March, 2006


We consider Bangalis as ghaddar because they unite with India and Indian Army leaving their own country East Pakistan at shambles. If Pakistan remain united then situation will be different, Bengalis live prosperous life and they will be at the forefront but unfortunately this is not the case. Everything was pre-planned in 1971 war

Mohsin, United Arab Emirates - 07 July, 2006

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