As it is difficult to promote India-US strategic ties directly, therefore the recourse to false claims that nuclear energy will at one stroke reduce not only our oil consumption but also remove our power shortages.The CPI(M) press release in this regard is reproduced here.
Srinivasan Ramani observes that on the issue of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the ruling coalition seems stuck in a cleft between honouring ego- after all, the government had considered the nuclear deal to be a grand achievement and a prestige issue- and remaining pragmatic. Cartoon, courtesy, The Hindu newspaper
Whether the nuclear deal progresses beyond the current impasse or not, India needs to choreograph a proper diplomatic strategy to address all possible contingencies.
The CPI(M) General-Secretary Prakash Karat refutes the allegation, made by many of the politically illiterate folks dominating the bourgeois media today and repeated during the Indo-US nuclear deal negotiations, that Indian Marxists are more loyal to China than India. Article courtesy, "Covert Magazine".Photo, courtesy, the Hindu Newspaper.
Aniket Alam recalls India's moment of shame when it tested nuclear devices in 1998, going against the nation's professed commitment for a nuclear weapon free world. He complains that even a democracy like India does not even have a minimal anti-nuclear domestic voice to temper the phallic hallucinations of our warmongers.
Prakash Karat argues that the victory in Nepal for the CPN(Maoists) represents a vital break in the familiar pattern of intervention and influence of US imperialism in South Asia.
In an exclusive interview with Akshaya Mukul of TOI, Karat speaks on the deal, experience with UPA and prospects of a third alternative.
The nuclear deal debate has once again started taking centre stage, and an atmosphere of uncertainty about the continuation of the UPA Government, has been created.What will the UPA Government do now?
It is not enough to stop these pro-US agreements. In the coming General Elections there should be a national debate on the ratification of treaties and the Congress, BJP and their allies should be asked to flatly commit to Parliamentary oversight over international treaties.