An article on nuclear power from New Worker, published by the New Communist Party of Britain.
In contrast to the euphoric headlines in the Indian media proclaiming a 'nuclear dawn; and the 'remaking' of the world to suit Nuclear India's ambitions, the internal reception to the completion of the heated debate in the Nuclear Suppliers' Group in Vienna [Images] was sullen and frosty. When the decision, incontestably a major decision, to grant India a waiver from the NSG's tough trading rules was announced on September 6, there was no applause whatever.
A legendary CIA mission - employing some of the world's greatest mountaineers - sought to place a nuclear powered listening post on Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot, two of the highest peaks in the Himalayas, to eavesdrop on Chinese missile tests at Lop Nor. But in planning its Himalayan adventure, the CIA apparently disregarded the dangers and unpredictability of the element at the heart of its certainties - plutonium - and the consequences haunt the mission and its survivors to this day.
It is high time that the global peace movement collectively begins to focus attention on the urgency of achieving the goals set out in the McCloy-Zorin Accord and the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan. Every effort should be made by such a reinvigorated peace movement to influence the UN member-states to ensure that the next SSOD is held latest by the year 2010. It is a very encouraging sign that, on 9 June 2008 on the 20th anniversary of the proclamation of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has reaffirmed Government of India's commitment to the Plan. Dr. Manmohan Singh also disclosed that India had recently submitted a Working Paper on Nuclear Disarmament to the UN General Assembly containing initiatives on nuclear disarmament, including a proposal for holding a nuclear weapons convention. If that is the case, nothing prevents India from taking the initiative in organising a global nuclear weapons convention as the initial step towards achieving the goal of general and complete disarmament,says N.D.Jayaprakash.
On June 18, 2008, the Telegraph reported that opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal in the USA would be strengthened due to the judgment against a Singaporean of Indian origin to 35 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to illegally export electronic components to Indian government entities engaged in the development of ballistic missiles, space launch vehicles and fighter jets.
On June 17, 2008, The Washintgton Post reported that a 47-year-old businessman was sentenced to 35 months in federal prison for illegally exporting more than $2 million in ballistic missile technology to India.
On March 14 2008, the Washington Post had reported that an employee with the Indian Embassy in Washington and Indian government agencies conspired with an international electronics executive to obtain secret weapons technology from U.S. companies, according to a guilty plea the businessman made yesterday in federal court.