Saturday, June 02, 2007

Indo-US nuclear deal: Prasad speaks out again

Dr A N Prasad, a former director of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai, has been among the retired scientists sceptical about the proposed Indo-US nuclear deal. Now that Indian and the US seem to be moving forward to clinch, Prasad voices his concerns again in an interview with Rediff.

Prasad highlights the areas of concern:

The right of testing in the highly volatile terrorist environment in which we live; the right to reprocess; unrestricted uranium supplies; full civil nuclear cooperation without exceptions of certain parts of the fuel cycle; lifting of embargoes on civil nuclear activity; and safeguards in perpetuity to be made contingent on continuing bilateral cooperation so as to avoid any Tarapur-like situation -- these are some of the most crucial issues that should not be compromised in any eventuality.

1 comment:

Krishnan said...

I do not understand the hand wringing. India could have said "No, no way" "We will do it ourselves". That there is some mutual advantage, seems to be lost in the muddle, from what I have seen. Inpite of all the political crap related to Pakistan and terror and all that, the fact that the US is in a Nuclear Collaboration program (Civilian) with India is positive news for both countries. India should shed the notion of being a colonial stepping stone and realize that it is coming on to it's own - a strong nation that can negotiate with another, historically strong nation that realizes that it needs India as a friend NOT as an enemy.

I do not have any confidence mind you in any of the current or future US politicians - there is no such thing as foreign policy to speak of and the vision often does not extend beyond the borders. Yet, there is acceptance of the fact that India is growing strong and WILL become stronger and be able to do anything it wants ... my guess is that self-preservation is what is driving the US to make such deals - not for domination.