Now that the UPA has agreed to constitute a panel comprising nominees of the UPA and the Left parties to discuss the implications of the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear deal, both sides should observe restraint till the panel finishes its work. Instead, what we find is the Left launching a campaign against the deal and the UPA top leadership extending its whole-hearted support to it. It is clear even at the outset that there will be no meeting ground between the two sides and the panel will end up hopelessly divided on the issue. The UPA is only trying to buy time before it faces the inevitable.
It is rather unfortunate that the UPA has chosen to treat the 123 agreement as an issue to be discussed within the ruling/supporting plank rather than as a national subject. I am sure patriotism is not the prerogative of the UPA and the Left alone. By playing the politics of exclusion, the UPA is perpetrating the policy of divide and rule.