[Marxism] Indo-US Nuclear Deal: 123 Agreement

Sukla Sen suklasenp at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Aug 14 19:26:39 MDT 2007


Calling the deal, still underway, as "colonial" is
nothing sort of a complete misnomer.

In fact, the deal is meant to be a unique concession
granted to India - civilian nuclear trade with US and
the outside world, which India is not entitled to at
the moment as a non-signatory to the NPT, like Israel
and Pakistan out of total 191 member states of the UN,
and an aberrant state carrying out nuclear explosions.
This is in recognition of India's growing strength in
the recent years, limitations of the strength of the
big bully itself and the dangerous pitfalls of
imperial overreach as is being everyday demonstrated
live in Iraq, and also Afghanistan. (That is precisely
why Pakistan is clamouring for it and is rudely
rebuffed.)

The concession is of course meant to draw India closer
to the US and make it operate as a junior partner, if
possible, and even otherwise set up as a power in Asia
to counter China and other actual and potential
challengers of the US in the region. That's precisely
why the Bush regime takes a rather benign view,
notwithstanding occasional grunts, of India's
continued engagement with Iran - currently on its
cross-hair.

The deal is of course to be resolutely opposed as it'd
reinforce the US bid to establish unfettered
domination over the world in pursuance of the Project
for the New American Century; fuel further India's
hegemonic ambitions in the region; aggravate tensions
with Pakistan and thereby arms race; set up a bad
example for the nuclear threshold states encouraging
them to weaponise; grievously subvert the current
non-proliferation order and thereby also the prospects
of global nuclear disarmament with all its
spine-chilling consequences; and last but not the
least distort India's energy options in favour of
nuclear power, which is currently uneconomic,
intrinsically hazardous - from mining to power plant
and with no fail-safe method of waste and outlived
plant disposal, potentially catastrophic, and has
strong technological and political links with nuclear
weapons to the evident detriment of alternate
ecologically benign and renewable sources of energy.

The opposition cannot however be grounded on the
laments that the concession on offer could have been
even grander. It has to be based on the clear
recognition of the profoundly evil nature of the Bomb
and the dire need to eradicate the world of this
menace.

Sukla

> The U.S.-Indian Nuclear Deal:
> An Unequal Colonial Treaty
> 
> by Analytical Monthly Review
> 
> <http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/amr120807.html>


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