The CPI(M) and the Left parties have consistently opposed the nuclear deal on the basis that the Hyde Act on which the 123 Agreement is based nullifies all the assurances given by the prime minister in August 2006 in parliament. The nuclear deal has wide-ranging ramifications for India's foreign policy and security affairs.
It is astonishing that the UPA government and the Congress leadership have sought to push through a strategic alliance with the United States when it knows very well that the Left will never be party to this. The conflict began with the signing of the Defence Framework Agreement in June 2005 and the struggle of the Left to prevent such a strategic alliance cemented through the nuclear deal has been waged for the last three years.
Hence there will be no compromise on the issue of the government approaching the IAEA Board for approval of the Safeguards Agreement.
Gary Ackerman, Chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee on the Middle East and South Asia, made it very clear in his statements yesterday that the Indo-US Nuclear Deal is part of a much larger strategy to make India's foreign policy further subservient to US imperialist designs specifically in Iran and generally in West Asia as a whole.
Two news items 'America set to seek its pound of flesh' (Courtesy: The Telegraph) and 'Ackerman hopes India will complete internal processes' (Courtesy: The Hindu) reveal quite candidly, that contrary to the assurance from proponents of the Indo-US Nuclear Deal, the deal will come with several strings attached to India's foreign policy.
A new allegation is now being bandied in the pro-American press about the intentions behind the opposition to the nuclear deal. Prakash Karat makes a statement about remarks by a CPI(M) PB member on the nuclear deal. A short comment on the issue.
Former Senior Defense Analyst with the US government, Subrata Ghoshroy contextualizes the deal and the opposition to it in India and in the US. He argues for increased collaboration on the issue of disarmament and non-proliferation.
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.
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A denouement of the crisis between the United Progressive Alliance government and the supporting Left parties on the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear deal is near at hand.
The front page feature of the Hindu dated 19th June 2008 is reproduced here.
The UPA government has expressed its unwillingness to share the safeguards agreement even with its political allies, on the ground that it has not been sent yet to the IAEA’s Board of Governors. This is an untenable argument. The UPA’s allies are being asked, in effect, to support an agreement sight unseen.
The editorial opinion from The Hindu dated 18th June 2008 is reproduced here.