27 July, 2021

The Dual Use Of Debate

Why conduct N-tests when accurate, N-armed missiles will deter better?

The Dual Use Of Debate
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's long drawn out battle to end India's nuclear isolation is almost over. All that now remains is for the US Congress to endorse the 123 agreement. Contrary to a belief fostered by the Opposition, and swallowed uncritically by the media, this isn't going to be a cakewalk. For the Left's filibuster has left the US Congress with no time to go through the mandated procedures. As a result, both houses of Congress will have to adopt 'fast-track' procedures to facilitate the 123 agreement before the Bush administration demits charge. It's by no means certain that they will be able to do so.

Against this, the government's decision not to place any orders for nuclear power plants till the US completes the endorsement is not only gracious but also wise. Not only does it allow US firms to put pressure upon the two houses to take the extraordinary measures that are now needed, but it reinforces the main argument that the Bush administration cited to push the deal through, namely that India is a responsible nuclear power....

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