The hell it is. Its surprising that Gill spotted what the US, EU, IAEA, UN couldn't see. Nobody has expressed any reservations over how secure the Indian nuclear program is. Had Gill been a western writer, he would have had more credibility. He appears to be working on a smear campaign against India.
While the Opposition BJP urged the Manmohan Singh government to call off the nuclear deal with the United States following the passage of the waiver law, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sought to assure India that the commitments made with regard to the deal would be fulfilled.
Rice said in a statement that "the United States intends to fulfil all of the commitments it made to India in the July 18 and March 2 Joint Statements", according to a PTI report.
Rice said the bill, which goes to the US president for his signature now, explicitly authorises civil nuclear cooperation with India in a manner fully consistent with the US-India joint statements.
In Delhi, after a meeting of top BJP leaders at AB Vajpayee's residence, the party said that the US legislation allowing nuclear trade with India was aimed at "eliminating" New Delhi's nuclear weapons capability and asked the government to reject it.
Former External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha said that under the law passed by the US Congress, there was an absolute ban on further nuclear tests, including those for peaceful purposes.
Sinha said, "The deal is more unequal than ever before....Worse, in spite of the assurances of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Parliament, the US Act seriously compromises the independence of our foreign policy."
The BJP leader said that since the July 2005 agreement, the US has been "shifting the goalposts" and India had not only been "acquiescing , but also adopting the new goalposts as the latest benchmark".
MUMBAI: On the eve of parliamentary debate on the Indo-US nuke deal, chairman of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), Anil Kakodkar, on Friday met India's former nuclear heads on the BilI and told them that he would convey their concern to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Kakodkar met the scientists at the Nuclear Power Corporation here on Friday. Those present included M R Srinivasan, Homi Sethna, A N Prasad, Y S R Prasad, P K Iyengar and A R Gopalakrishnan.
Their stand was that the Bill will not serve the interests of Indian nuclear establishment since it had considerably deviated from the original July 18, 2005 agreement.
"Kakodkar shares our concerns," they told mediapersons after the nearly three-hour meeting. In August 2006, these scientists had met the PM and expressed reservations about the nuke deal even before it was passed by the US Senate and the Senate and House of Representative versions were subsequently merged to become the Hyde Bill.
Though the scientists were hoping that the Bill would be India-friendly, but that was not the case, prompting the meeting.
A N Prasad said that they were clear that the Hyde Bill had departed from the original agreement and even from the promises made by the PM.
"The points which we raised today should be used by our negotiators while dealing with the 123 Agreement and we have also insisted that it should be reflected in it," he said.
The main thrust of their argument was that the 123 agreement should honour the commitments made in the understanding reached between US president George Bush and Manmohan Singh in Washington on July 18, 2005. Listing their concerns in a paper they said Hyde Bill suffers the following drawbacks:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ It denies full co-operation in civilian nuclear energy.
Ã¢â¬Â¢ India has been asked to participate in an international effort on nuclear non-proliferation with a policy congruent to that of the US.
Ã¢â¬Â¢ India has been denied the right to conduct future nuclear weapon tests.
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The Act requires the US to encourage India to identify and declare a date by which this country would be willing to stop production of fissile material for nuclear weapons.
Ã¢â¬Â¢ The Act is totally silent on the US working with India to move towards universal nuclear disarmament, but it eloquently covers all aspects of non-proliferation controls of US priority, into which they want to draw India into committing.
They submitted the paper to Kakodkar who in turn may show it to the PM. "In short, it is obvious that the Hyde Act still retains many of the objectionable clauses in the earlier House and Senate Bill on which the PM had put forth his objections and clarified the Indian position in both the Houses," the paper said.
"As such the government of India many convey their views formally to the US administration and they should be reflected in the 123 Agreement."
Srinivasan said that the Hyde Bill would be discussed during the next meeting of AEC. "We have also opposed the commitment which we are supposed to make on foreign policy issues like Iran," he said.
While pointing out that PM was keen on standing committed to the 2005, agreement, "both India and the US should accommodate each others interests. Our nuclear independence should not be bartered away," he added "We have advised the PM through Kakodkar that the conditions in the agreement should be congenial to Indian interests," said P K Iyengar.
TOKYO: It was clearly not a 'yes', but neither was it a categorical 'no'. Japan on Friday said it was yet to make up its mind on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and would take a "definitive position" on the issue only after India negotiates its safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe announced a new "strategic and global partnership" on Friday, with a slew of bilateral trade and investment initiatives, Japan clearly indicated that it continues to have reservations about India's nuclear programme, even if they are not as strong as they were in the past.
"I told the Indian PM that Japan is the only country in the world which has been a victim of nuclear bombs. So, we have sensitivities on the issue. Therefore, India should respond to the concerns of the international community and should respond to IAEA and its safeguards," said Abe......
WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush on Monday signed into law a nuclear deal with India in a major step toward allowing New Delhi to buy U.S. reactors and fuel for the first time in 30 years.
"The relationship between the United States and India has never been more vital and this bill will help us meet the energy and security challenges of the 21st century," Bush said at the bill-signing ceremony.
The White House had pushed for the legislation, which was overwhelmingly approved by Congress this month, in a bid to expand ties with the world's largest democracy and increase trade for U.S. companies.
Critics say the deal undermines efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
"The United States and India are natural partners, the rivalries that once kept our nations apart are no more," Bush said, citing similarities within the two democracies.
"India is an important ally in the war against extremists and radicals," Bush said adding that USA and the world would a safer place after this pact.
India will open its 14 nuclear plants for International Atomic Energy Agency.