The articles “Does the IAEA agreement hide us from the Hyde Act?” (July 14) and “Judge the nuclear deal on facts, not convictions” (July 15) have raised vital questions on the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal, which the UPA government is duty-bound to answer without obfuscation. History will never forgive the current architects of the deal if they rush headlong into it in utter disregard to the pitfalls pointed out by the two authors.
The article by Ashok Parthasarathi (July 15) is a must-read for the MPs who will participate in the trust vote in Parliament next week. The vague jargon on dispute settlement gives elbow room to the U.S. to twist the arm of future Indian governments. That Japan spent two years to negotiate to get an arbitration clause incorporated in its agreement with the U.S. speaks volumes about the undue haste the UPA government has shown to clinch the nuclear deal.
Syed Sultan Mohiddin,
It is not clear why the UPA government is particular about pushing the nuclear deal through even at the risk of its life. Why should it run from pillar to post to get the support of MPs when the going was smooth for four long years with the Left parties providing outside support? The U.S. is not a reputed partner. Its offers always come with strings attached. Signing the nuclear deal will certainly mark India’s departure from its path of non-alignment.
J. Eden Alexander,
The UPA government has said history will not forgive its leaders if they do not clinch the nuclear deal. Neither will history forgive them if they do not take definite steps to control the raging inflation with a former Finance Minister as Prime Minister. There are many pressing issues that need to be sorted out. The government should tackle them first. History will then praise the UPA for its governance.
As there is more in the nuclear deal than meets the eye, the government should avoid haste, have a fresh look at the matter, take the advice of some more experts and go by it. National interest should have precedence over personal pride.
If, despite all its shortcomings, we are going ahead with the nuclear deal, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. The government should stop all further proceedings and initiate a debate in Parliament on the issue, disclosing the facts to the people.
It was because the Congress did not have a majority in Parliament that the Left parties supported its government from outside. When the government did not give in to their line on the nuclear deal, they withdrew support. But their decision to go along with the BJP and vote to bring down the government is not in the interest of the country. They should explore ways of stopping the nuclear deal from materialising without harming the government. Inflation is playing havoc and it needs all the attention.