17 thoughts on “Indian-US nuclear deal criticized

  1. This deal is a recognition of India’s emerging status as a global power and should not be seen from nuclear proliferation perspective. India is not a signatory to the NPT because it considers the treaty discriminatory in nature and not because it is unwilling to abide by proliferation laws. In fact no other nuclear power can claim to have a more impeccable record in nuclear non-proliferation as India can. Further, this agreement would allow supply of nuclear fuel to India for civilian sector only. Can a country of a billion people, developing at a good pace, forever depend on fossil fuels ?

  2. Hi Aryan, it is sad days indeed when the greatness or otherwise of countries is measured in terms of whether or not they have deathly nuclear power. Even civilian nuclear energy is a big problem: if, in the days of Emperor Ashoka, over 2,000 years ago, there would have been nuclear power, then its waste would still have been lethal today. So: no “civilian” nuclear power as long as the waste problem is not solved. Surely, you do not want a tragedy, even bigger than the Union Carbide-Bhopal scandal?

    As for military nukes, the criminal mass destruction of human lives in Hiroshima and Nagasaki speaks for itself. So: down with all nuclear weapons in all countries. For India, there is also the problem that the agreement with the Bush regime ties it to the butchers of the Iraqi and Afghan people. This is against the principles of non-alignment, as the AAPSO statement says correctly.

  3. Nuke deal a conduit to import US crisis into India

    By Dipankar Bhattacharya, general secretary, Communist Party of India
    (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation

    October 14, 2008 — India’s United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government
    finally sealed the nuclear deal with the US on October 10. For the
    Congress Party and the coalition of “Unashamed Partners of America”
    headed by it, the nuclear deal is the supreme achievement of the
    government. On the eve of signing the deal, India’s external affairs
    minister Pranab Mukherjee reiterated India’s commercial commitment to
    the US nuclear energy industry: “We look forward to working with US
    companies on the commercial steps that will follow to implement this
    landmark Agreement.” In a second statement issued after the agreement’s
    signing he also reiterated India’s commitment to implement the agreement
    in good faith even though no such reciprocal assurance was made by the
    US to confirm New Delhi’s claim regarding the so-called US “guarantee”
    on uninterrupted fuel supply.

    * Read more http://links.org.au/node/680

  4. Indian arms buy attracts dealers

    India: Arms corporations have flocked to New Delhi this week in the hope of winning a share of one of the world’s largest defence budgets.

    This year’s DefExpo-India – the sixth such event – has drawn about 650 firms from 35 countries, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Thales and BAE Systems.

    India, which is seeking to replace equipment bought from the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 80s, led the world in the purchase of military hardware in 2004.

    It is expected to spend £50bn between 2012 and 2022 to upgrade its military.


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  6. Military prepares for missile test

    INDIA: Technicians are poised to test fire a solid-fuel, three-stage missile designed to carry a 1.5-ton nuclear warhead.

    Defence research and development organisation spokesman Ravi Gupta said the launch window opens tonight and closes on Thursday.

    The Agni-V missile has a range of 3,100 miles.

    Mr Gupta said the new missile was “purely for deterrence and to meet our security needs.”


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  9. India activates sub’s reactor

    INDIA: Engineers activated the atomic reactor on board India’s first locally designed and built nuclear submarine on Saturday, paving the way for its deployment by the navy in the next two years.

    The vessel is the first ballistic missile submarine to be built outside the five recognised nuclear powers – the United States, France, Russia, Britain and China.

    India acquired a Russian Nerpa nuclear submarine for its navy last year on a 10-year lease from Russia at a total cost of nearly £640m.


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