India deserves the Nuclear Deal
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.
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.