Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A summary of reservations on the Indo-US nuclear deal

The recent articles by Siddarth Vardarajan in the Hindu summarise India's objections to the proposed nuclear deal with the US.

The sheer clarity of thought and discussion in these articles is a welcome change from the usual rubbish that is seen in the media and print. If there was more of this kind of reportage, then yours truly would no longer be needed.

It remains to be seen if the US government pays any attention to what the Hindu is saying, or whether Siddarth's statements are dismissed on some pretext. One can almost see that the article being dismissed as appearing in a "Hindu Fundamentalist Rag", after all the article did appear in the "Hindu" ergo it must be the work of Hindu Fundamentalists.

Let me put it very concisely in case anyone is too bored to read a big article in the Hindu.
  1. India is not going to buy LEU fueled PWRs without local manufacture rights on subsystems.
  2. India is not going to buy Uranium under this agreement unless the purchases are disruption proof.
  3. India will do whatever it takes to maintain an absence of disruptions in its MOX fuel programs.
  4. The GNEP is mostly a bailout package for sick units in the US nuclear sector. India likes the GNEP only as long as it likes what India does.
  5. India makes no additional commitments outside of the voluntary moratorium on testing. India reserves the right to make whatever changes it desires to produce a credible minimum deterrence regime against percieved adversaries.

How the US plays with its NPA sock puppets is not really our concern. We can periodically clear the air but it is not in India's power to make the US choose to put is NPA toys away, though one faintly hopes that someday the US will realise how outdated the NPA and their world view has become in the globalised economy.

7 Comments:

At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi,
[[If there was more of this kind of reportage, then yours truly would no longer be needed.]]
1)oh no that will be will be too bad.Media rubbishness will not go away so easily. personal experience

2)Hindu's editory or chairman I think N.Ravi is on NSAB/NSCS. The article has hit the bulls'eye, one should also not doubt it's intention, as well as pat hindu for bringing out such an insightful article, but at the same time one should note N.Ravi is a powerful man.
3) I hope GOI stands its ground on the July/18/2005 agreement. As Natwar singh recalled ; July/18/2005 has plenty of benefits for us.

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi m,
something must be done to bring this media monster to its heels.Look at the various newspaper who have covertly supported the NPA agenda
1)IE:- Mumbai v/s Delhi
2)Hindustan times: some of the excerpts
a)US asks India for 'major push' to reach final N-pact: report
b)US 'frustrated' with India on nuclear deal
c)US aims for final India nuclear deal in 2007
d)US grooming India as junior partner: Report
e)US arms industry eager to gain foothold in India
f)India, US both stand to gain?
3)NDTV
4)CNN-IBN
5)Times Now
The only silver lining in the cloud is Hindu and some smaller newspapers like Tribuneindia,statesman,telegraph... Even regional newspapers are way ahead of TOI,IE...in reportage.
Does this show us the extent of penetration by foreign intel agencies into some of our news agencies.
p.s- the first post was by me too. also thanks the exchange of the emails with you last week. Lot of issues came into fore.One thing will be forever learnt by keen watchers that Indian parliament in every way outdid the US congress in there games to enforce NPT through the backdoor,though the Indian MP may have some weakness.

 
At 10:58 AM, Blogger maverick said...

Hi Anonymous,

I hope the media rubbish storm will someday lift and we will have a more responsible media environment.

I suspect that day will come when the decade long rush for FDI ends. That could happen when the FDI pots run dry or when Indians in the media get tired of sucking up to foreigners.

I know about N. Ravi.

Aside of the usual people in the media, the real problem right now is NDTV, CNN-IBN and Times Now. Sahara etc... are nothing compared to these three trouble makers.

Let me be the first one to say it publicly. There is a conflict of interest. The government needs the media to bring out news fast from any corner of the country but they don't need the media to be perpetually hosting adversarial psy ops.

 
At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it will definetely reflect on our ability , if we can tie down the americans in USA for long time to come. They are already bogged down in Pakistan,Afghanistan and Iraq. Any american success or failure in thr above three will create it own set of problems.

 
At 5:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

err i mean tie down in us in pakistan. my bad

 
At 4:12 AM, Anonymous Nitin said...

Anon & Maverick,

As someone whose only sources are those in the public domain, in my view, psy ops are certainly a possibility.

But we must not rule out good old incompetence, pettiness and ego-centricism among the media. Not to mention biases that they might think are ideological, but in reality are arbitrary biases. And don't forget political and commercial affiliations.

So those of us who think about such things must not lose sight of the latter. Between penetration by foreign intelligence and sheer home-grown axe-grinders, I think the latter is more dangerous.

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger maverick said...

Hi Nitin,

There will always be pettiness and ego clashes, the problem is the alarming lack of guilt with which all these media wallahs spout foreign psyops. I worry more about the psyops then I do about the axe grinders.

If a Kashmiri picks up a gun and shoots a police officer. How do we know that why he did it? How can we tell that he did it for personal reasons and not because ISI told him to do it?

You know really there is only problem, these media people think they are not accountable. They think that because they make the news, they can dictate the views.

There people don't realise that this is the same sort of thinking that the governments of old fell into. Today if you confront the media persons with the fact that they have been irresponsible or behaved in a way that damaged national interest, then they act as if it was not an individuals fault, but rather due to some "pack" phenomena where no one is responsible.

Yet this "pack" never works when it comes to exposing corruption inside the media itself. Any articles of corruption by media leaders are carefully tucked away in inner pages of the newspapers or dropped altogether from coverage. Everything else is sensationalised.

The internet is the only place where we can atleast talk about the media and its sins, no newspaper will print the things we talk here, because they all have a irresolveable conflict of interest.

One hopes that when we talk about the media colluding with extra national interest groups for anti-India psyops, we at least open peoples minds to the possibility that this is actually happening.

 

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