Wednesday, July 2, 2008
NOT A NUCLEAR DEAL, ITS A `SAMAJWADI DEAL'
BUT DR. MANMOHAN SINGH, YOU ARE A LOSER
By Manuwant Choudhary
India's Nuclear Deal may be finally through and India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh may be finally going to attend the G8 meet in the next few days.
But ironically this crucial support to the Congress Party comes from the Samajwadi Party, a Uttar Pradesh based party which has in fact been at the recieving end of Congress victimisation in the past four years. From Sahara to Amitabh Bachan, to Jaya to Amar Singh....somehow the Samajwadi individuals have always been in the news.
But it all started with the foriegn origin issue with Mulayam Singh refusing to allow Sonia Gandhi to become Prime Minister when the 13 month Vajpayee government fell following Subramanian Swami's tea party, and then of course the BJP returned to rule India for a full 5 year term.
For the people of India its not been a Nuclear Deal but a Not Clear Deal. Shrouded in secrecy the Congress Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh signed the deal although he did not enjoy the support on the issue in India's parliament.
When I say its a Not Clear Deal I say it with some reason. After all the hoopla which led to countless Left-Congress meetings and even debates in parliament even Amar Singh had to still even at the last minute try and understand the nuclear deal from India's security advisor!
And after all this trying this is what Amar Singh tells the media "We are not for the nuclear deal but we are against the BJP."
In Indian politics the Samajwadi (Socialists) have always been self-serving opportunists and do you know what Samajwadi means "Pehle Hum, Samaj Baad Mein." (First I, then society).
Of course, the BJP is equally self-serving. When Vajpayee tested the bomb at Pokhran they celebrated but when India's entire nuclear program is threatened since India does not have enough of its own uranium reserves, the BJP has been rather coy. Forget national interests!!!
In fact, I am not a nuclear expert. Nor am I an Indian commie claiming to understand every letter in the 123 agreement and even American laws like the Hyde Act.
I am just an Indian.
And of all the TV shouting programs I have watched its only Karan Thapar whom I believe could ask the right questions and decipher the nuclear code. A former security advisor Dr. Subramanian was on his program and his cellphone kept ringing throughout the program (Was it George Bush on line? I wonder how such people can keep India secure)
But Dr. Subramanium clearly stated that India's civil nuclear program could not go ahead without this deal as India did not have enough uranium in its reserves. Current estimates are for 10,000 MW, but what is needed is for 50,000 MW before India can reach the third stage of the Bhabha program when thorium can replace uranium as a fuel).
When Karan Thapar asked him what percentage of energy would be nuclear if this happens he said `6 per cent'.
Signing the deal means that India will no longer be a nuclear pariah and can shop for uranium from the world suppliers.
Also, the deal implies that India will open its civil program for inspections but its military program will not be open.
THE BIG RIDER HOWEVER IS THAT IF INDIA TESTS A NUCLEAR BOMB AGAIN THEN THE URANIUM SUPPLIERS GROUP RESERVE THE RIGHT TO STOP SUPPLIES.
Now I would like to ask our Congress politicians whether they embarked on the nuclear journey purely for enery needs or for a military deterrent.
If it was for only civil purposes then we needen't have tested the bomb and become a pariah in the first place.
But if we want to become a nuclear bomb state then why pursue this civil nuclear agenda? (Of course, its another debate whether India can use its nuclear bomb. We did not in Kargill)
IF WE DO TEST ANOTHER BOMB THE URANIUM SUPPLIES WILL STOP AND SO OUR NUCLEAR PROGRAM WILL ANYWAY BEEN IN RISK.
So if Manmohan Singh is so desperate to sign the deal then its a reversal of 60 years of Congress Nuclear policy and a failure of their NUCLEAR POLICY, if there was one.