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United States-India Nuclear Deal:
The Fizz is Going Out
|by Dr. Subhash Kapila|
The US-India Nuclear Deal was signed with great fanfare in July 2005 in Washington at the Summit Meeting between President Bush and PM Manmohan Singh. High hopes and expectations were raised in India that the United States after standing on the wrong side of history in relation to India due to Cold War compulsions had now come forward to correct the stance. The Deal was rich in symbolism for India, and as I wrote elsewhere, and that paper was reproduced in this Column also in April 2006, it expressed the desire of both the United States and India to give more tangible shape to an effective US-India strategic partnership in the 21st Century.
India was aware and so was the strategic community in India that the Deal would run into heavy weather in the United States Congress and with the Non-Proliferation Ayatollahs that abound in Washington. Enough indicators were surfacing in the wake of the signing of the Deal in 2005. In fact many of us were expecting that the US Congress would be able to give its assent to the Deal by early 2006 so that President Bush could present it to the people of India during his historic visit to India in March 2006.
But that was not to be and that prompted this columnist to pen the Paper which was reproduced on this site in April 2006 entitled: 'United States Congress at Critical Crossroads with India'. The major points made were as follows:
In an interview to the UPI by this Columnist at about the same time the following points were made:
The rest is recent memory. It took the whole of the year 2006 and the assent came rather grudgingly in a lame-duck session of the US Congress. This also would not have come about but for some very sustained efforts by President Bush and his Administration officials working on the US Congress members to soften their opposition. This assent also came around because of the splendid and concerted efforts by various Indian American community organizations and individually too. India greatly appreciates the efforts of all of them.
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