20 October, 2020

The Nu Era

India-US nuclear deal stirred the torpid opposition parties into action, particularly the Left, and nearly led to a collapse of the UPA government

AP
The Nu Era
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Foreign policy rarely excites the political imagination of most Indians who, for the most part, can’t see the link between external relations and their daily lives. This year, however, foreign policy did excite debate, primarily because of the India-US nuclear deal which stirred the torpid opposition parties into action, particularly the Left, and nearly led to a collapse of the UPA government. Other than the nuclear deal, it was a quiet year in foreign policy, though not without moments of interest.

The conclusion of negotiations between the Indian and US governments on the nuclear deal required New Delhi to approach the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to help ratify the agreement. At this juncture, both the Left and the Right got to their feet to protest. The Left at least had an argument—an agreement with an imperialist power, no matter how advantageous, was unacceptable. The Right spoke in so many tongues it was difficult to fathom what case it was arguing, except that if it was in...

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