The trust vote episode in parliament was no less than a coup d'etat enacted by the present day government to firmly enmesh the Indian nation into the strategic grip of imperialism, writes professor Prabhat Patnaik.Courtesy: Network Ideas.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi couldn't possibly have meant that the United Progressive Alliance government was deferring the monsoon session of Parliament since it didn't want to be 'distracted' from its resolve to remain focused on Jammu and Kashmir.
An NSG waiver "inconsistent" with Hyde Act will "jeopardise" the Indo-US nuclear deal in Congress,a key US lawmaker has warned the Bush administration, insisting that the group should agree to terminate the pact with India if it conducts an atomic test.
Courtesy: The Hindu
R.Ramakumar questions the sudden concern shown by Rahul Gandhi, member of parliament about the plight of people of Vidarbha and shows how the pigheaded policies of the Congress party in Maharashtra were itself responsible for the plight of the people in this region. Article written exclusively for Pragoti.
Noam Chomsky says over email that the Indo-US Nuclear Deal 'is a terrible idea, very dangerous to the world'.
Courtesy: Aajkaal and Madhumita Dutta
IN the backdrop of the current developments with regard to the India-US nuclear deal, Anveshan, a Delhi-based forum organised a panel discussion on "Nuclear Deal and National Interest" on July 07, 2008 at the Muktadhara Auditorium, New Delhi. The panellists were Kamal Mitra Chenoy, Professor at the School of International Studies, JNU, Achin Vanaik, Professor of Political Science, Delhi University, Brahma Chellaney, Professor of Strategic Studies, Centre for Policy Research, B S Chimni, Professor of International Law, JNU and Prabir Purkayastha, Energy Analyst, Delhi Science Forum. Senior independent journalist and documentary filmmaker, Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, moderated the discussion.
In perhaps the darkest day in Indian parliamentary “democracy”, the UPA government used the maxim, “if not by hook, we will win by crook” to win a trust vote that was necessitated owing to the withdrawal of left support to the government.
"The machinations and open or covert offers of different blandishments and incentives that have been part of the build-up to the vote of confidence are no secret. While they obviously show the cynicism and self-serving nature of many of the legislators and political parties engaging in this, they certainly cannot reflect well on the government that has so clearly chosen this route to survival and to pushing through a dubious deal." Jayati Ghosh writes on the Nuclear Deal and Bush's best friend, Manmohan Singh
The country today is facing a rate of price inflation that is unprecedented in recent years. This inflation, superimposed on a prior collapse of rural incomes, of which the tragic suicides of peasants and village artisans in several states are but one manifestation, is causing great distress to the people. But while the government urges the nation to have patience with regard to inflation, it rushes impatiently to sign a nuclear deal. Keeping faith with President Bush obviously has greater priority for it than keeping faith with the people of the country.
The real issue facing India is whether or not we want this mythical extra 'energy security ' through this Deal, paying two to three times the unit capital cost of conventional power plants, with the additional burden of subjugating the freedom to pursue a foreign policy and indigenous nuclear R&D program of our own.