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India deserves the Nuclear Deal

November 9, 2006

With the Democrats coming into power, doubts are being raised about India’s nuclear deal with America. The letter given below is one that I wrote in reaction to an editorial in The Economist arguing against the sale of nuclear technology to India. The editorial had sounded more like Bush-bashing rather than an impartial attempt to view the deal.

The Editor
The Economist

Ref: Editorial in your magazine dated March 11-17 on sale of nuclear
technology to India.

Sir, In your editorial you have made a show of giving both sides of the story by mentioning India’s past (good) record in non-proliferation. However you have cleverly left out several critical points which would have made your main argument (that India does not deserve the Nuclear deal) seem hollow.
One, that India has signed the no-first use of nuclear weapons policy.
Two, that India has been threatened with nuclear weapons by none other than the Pakistani President himself.
Three, that Pakistan has attacked India four times in the past.
And four, that India has promised never to use nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear country.
The very basis of your argument against the sale of nuclear technology to India is that one should never break rules. But that’s what we call the ‘clerk mentality’.
You are also forgetting that these silly nuclear rules have been made by aggressive countries who already possess nuclear weapons. The very nations who have colonized and plundered other countries in the past. And even today there are nations whose aggression knows no bounds – America’s attack on Iraq is the proof.
India has never attacked or colonised any other nation.

Nita Jatar Kulkarni.

This letter was not published by The Economist.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. adthiya permalink
    December 20, 2006 10:38 am

    It is very useful for Indian goverment although there are some demerits in that deal . It is another step of Indian 2020.

  2. December 28, 2006 11:54 am

    It is good if the nuclear use for the good things… btw.. i really love your site! keep writing!

  3. July 21, 2007 9:20 pm

    Your letter is great – it’s a pity they didn’t publish it!

  4. Shantanu Chatterjee permalink
    July 22, 2007 12:25 am

    Nuclear deal is a stupid idea

    1.We are never gonna get more than 10% of our power from nuclear energy so why sacrifice our independence for a very expensive and unsafe(no one quite knows what to do about nuclear waste).If you wanna cut greenhouse gases go for energy efficiency and clean coal through carbon sequestering technology.

    2.Our weapons definately need another round of testing and this officially puts a cap on that both Aus and canada(principal uranium suppliers) have publicly stated banning exports if we test.This is not the time to voluntarily disarm ( most of the ’98 test scientists are about to retire /have retired and they need to pass on skills to the next generation) not with China spending so much on defence and passing on designs to pakistan.

    3.The economist can say what it wants to we have the bomb and won’t disarm unless the rest of the world does sandwitched between China and the Islamic world if someone needs nukes its us!

  5. krenim permalink
    August 12, 2007 3:25 pm

    The Economist which is a fairly accurate proxy for the thinking public of the UK opposes the deal for the following reasons(vis a vis nita’s views):
    [One, that India has signed the no-first use of nuclear weapons policy
    Two, that India has been threatened with nuclear weapons by none other than the Pakistani President himself.]

    Well that’s pretty standard practice actually, the stronger power has more to loose by using nuclear weapons ( the great leveler).
    Throughout the cold war the USSR which had a 4 to 1 advantage in terms of conventional forces deployed in europe had a no first use policy but NATO expicitly stated that it would go nuclear to repel the invading Russian juggarnaut.It worked πŸ™‚

    [Three, that Pakistan has attacked India four times in the past]
    Come on! The ’71 war was anything put a pakistani attack on India.India seized the opportunity of a lifetime to balkanize Pakistan.

    [And four, that India has promised never to use nuclear weapons against a non-nuclear country.]
    Of course it has it only has two nuclear enemies,it can easily squash the minnows without nukes.

    [India has never attacked or colonised any other nation.]
    Completely irrelavant and depends on how you define India historically,large parts of Afghanistan were always annexed by the Mauryan/Mughal Empire etc pretty brutal fighting was involved.
    In addition the south Indian kingdoms also colonized parts of South east asia Bali etc.

    To say that India historically was a peaceful country was like saying Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire for~1000 years was a peaceful continent with one tiny country waging war on another and not conquering anything beyond the near abroad so to speak.

    Besides there were several instances where you tried and failed like taking on the Safavids in the 16th century etc etc.

    It isn’t ‘clerical mentality’ it is setting a very dangerous pretext.Each of the P 5 have their own idea of which is a good trustworthy country.In the past the NPT has stopped very competent nations with advanced technology like Germany, Japan,Taiwan,South Korea etc from going nuclear.If we recognize India as nuclear weapons state and sell it uranium so that they can divert their meagre uranium to atomic weapons what is to stop the Russians from doing the same to Syria/Iran?What is to stop China from selling advanced thermonuclear warheads to Pakistan in place of the crude 1962 a bomb designs? would you like that?

    Be careful what you wish for it just might come true πŸ™‚

  6. August 12, 2007 10:45 pm

    Krenim, I am afraid you have fallen victim to western propaganda about India. I really wish you could visit India and talk to intellectuals and the common people here. I know you are interested in India…
    I could counter you point for point but I see that your stand is a hard one. There are many westerners who hold the view you hold so I am not surprised.
    btw, china is not a minnow and it has been helping Pak with missiles and some say even with stuff to build nuclear bombs. There is a post on China that I have written here which you might find interesting.
    the americans are doing whatever they are doing in their own self-interest and I believe that although the Economist is sceptical. I wouldn’t believe the Economist on their views on India if I were you.
    They have written some nonsense about why farmers commit suicide in India and I sent them some proper facts…in the recent issue they have writen soemthing completely erronous about Indian women wearing veils. Such a fantastic magazine, but its sad they are prejeduced about India. I am not saying racist, I am saying biased. and bias happens when you don’t understand a country.
    Your grandfather was in India…don’t you feel a little templed to visit?

  7. krenim permalink
    August 30, 2007 5:25 pm

    Yes but the point is I am not interested in the conventional ‘packages’ available at my travel agent.

    I am more into visiting the really really ancient past before buddhism/islamic rule etc.Alas there is so little of that left.Infact if do get accepted at Cambridge I intend to latch on to one of the several volunteer projects spearheaded by student societies.It involves going to really remote places deep inside the himalayas to search for evidence it is really appauling that in the sixty years after independence there has hardly been a new archaelogical find to speak of.
    Lets see.

  8. August 30, 2007 5:34 pm

    I think yes, that is the way to really see a country. And its great to hear about your ambitions. I think there is a lot still to be discovered too. Lets hope it works out for you.


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