In the present scheme of things, the Centre has unrestricted powers to enter into international agreements without seeking ratification by Parliament. But the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, which has a vital bearing on India’s foreign policy and strategic decisions, throws up an important constitutional issue.

There is widespread opposition to the deal from different quarters but the government is bent upon going ahead with it — all because it has the authority to do so. The question whether some limitations should be placed on the executive in matters of such importance merits consideration by experts.

P.S. Sundaram,