India – US Nuclear Deal

September 5, 2007

“Save Government or N-deal” –the situation has come to this point now. Communists are anti-americans and oppsition has to oppose in everything, are these the only points going against the deal.Why don’t we analyze the situation properly?
I had a healthy but heated 😀 discussion with my friends also on this point and I thought this needs to be shared.
A few points are going against the deal. The first point which seems to be just an excuse by the deal-opposers so as to oppose the deal is : India has 25% of the total reserves of Thorium and extensive research is going on in this field to indigeneously produce the nuclear fuel at cheaper rates. But in case, we are in a deal with US, govt. won’t be interested in such research and it’ll stop spending money in such things which will not be good for our country. The second weak point which comes into picture is: India will become a puppet of Uncle Sam (US). Earlier, she had a neutral stand on the Iran issue, but after the negotiations for deal has started, India changed it’s stand and condemned Iran openly on the issue.The third point which I think is a major one is: As foreign policy of India is changing drastically towards Iran, so this is a specualtion that Iran won’t allow to build the highly publicized India-Iran gas pipeline. As Nuclear Energy will be able to make up for at most 7% of the total energy produced in our country and it’ll take at least 50 years for it to develop to such an extent that it’ll contribute something substantial during which we might we have got some good method for producing nuclear fuel or some other supply, so is it justified to leave the current profit which is waiting for us in the form of gas pipeline?

But most of us are in favour of deal I think. The first point is: Why would Iran go against the pipeline – India will get fuel and Iran will get money, proper trade, both sides will be absolutely satisfied. But deal opposers might say why would Iran sell it’s fuel to India (which is openly criticizing it) as it might sell that to other countries because every country is in dire need of fuel. (I don’t really know the intricacies in relations between India and Iran, so I wouldn’t like to go further into this point.). Many other points are going in favour of deal some of which are: We’ll get nuclear fuel which will be a boost to our civilian nuclear programme. As we are dealing with US, so it’ll further strengthen our relations with that country which may prove a boon to us.( Who knows, this might pacify our relations with Pak by US interruption (this is sth hypothetical i guess), neways,) It’ll improve the economic relations between the two countries which is essential for us to support our fast growing GDP.

So, I think a lot of discussions are needed before getting into this deal which in fact, are going on.Let’s hope that it brings out the best for our country.



  1. Dude!!! you chose rather controversial topic for your blog!!!! As I discussed with some of the guys in the literary club, we are going to come up with a group discussion on the same issue. As far as our relations with Iran are concerned I guess we need to do some research work before forming any opinions comment like ‘Iran is not going ahead with the proposed Iran-Pak-India gas pipeline’. And as for the nuclear deal is concerned another major issue which I would like to bring to light is “in case the deal stands canceled, what would be the creditability of Indian interim governance and democracy on the global scale. And what would happen to the heated campaign of India making it to the Security Council of the United Nations as a permanent member.” NDA opposes the deal ‘coz this deal is Atal’s baby. But they should be aware of the fact that the 1998 nuclear tests (which NDA boasts of) were the result of the hard ground work done by congress for almost two decades. And as far as Left is concerned, they would rather China should be pleased.

  2. @Pankaj: that’s y i wrote that this is just a speculation (pipeline thing). Well,yes …I forgot to write that Security Council point and India’s inclusion in G8, thanks for mentioning that.

  3. I agree with Pankaj, I was a staunch supporter of the BJP before this, but they’v lost all respect in my eyes now.

  4. Nice post yaar never new toppers like u waste time in blogging 😛 the 123 agreement has become kindof multidimensional thanks to the huge number of political parties in India more then the fact of rather considering the agreement they just want to show ‘neecha’ to other parties…and as u say this is one reason y BC at anylevel sells in India..

  5. @pankaj for “in case the deal stands canceled” and the credibility issues…. there were lots of deals between various countries which were canceled because of political changes or some disadvantages they came across…. i dont see the connection between India becoming a security council member and this 123 agreement unless you are suggesting some US reco or something…..I believe the credibility of Indian interim governance cant be decided upon a single incident of canceling 123. if at all there is a chance either “at-least-the-Indian-system-realizes-the-mistake-before-it-is-too-late” kind of message can be spread after canceling or we can act in such a way that the other party proposes the cancellation.

    In any case we should keep in mind that US was/is/will always be against a potential rising power.. During cold war as we were on Russians side, they seconded pakistan and now SCO is their target. So a simple 123 can decide the fates of NATO and SCO 😛

  6. main aur kuch nahin bolunga …..
    nice tht u summarised ur views.

  7. nice post yaar ….
    u stated the pros and cons of the deal very briefly but one thing regarding the thorium research is that this thorium is suitable only for Heavy water reactors which are not that efficient and will constitute only a small amount of the power generation compared to the Light water reactors which India is planning to start using the imported uranium from US . Check out d editorial of Hindu (11th sept)for more details.Thts one of the primary reasons why d deal is stressed so much .

  8. visited ur blog again 2 make a point, but chika’s already done so.. do read the editorial he’s mentioned

  9. @Chirag: yeah, thats right …bt i have written that the research is going on in this field n i just stressed the research point.

  10. chinese spies wins again. Govt backs from deal due to pressure from the red party or chinese spies

  11. In my opinion nuclear deal is not that much meanful to india as it has many no. of facilities.

  12. Engaging article.. I will come back again soon..

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