Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Stuff Of Legacies

Via BBC, US and India seal nuclear accord

Congratulations to Dr. Singh and President Bush for shattering historical suspicions and altering geopolitical realities.

The world is a different and better place today.

Over to the US Congress now. India and Indian Americans are watching -- will you go down in history as those who applauded history's unalterable turn, or those who lost India whose ascent is irreversible?

Democrat Bill Clinton started this marathon. Republican George Bush has brought us to the stretch run. India and Indian-Americans now expect a bipartisan Congress to take us all past the victory tape. This is, afterall, the stuff of legacies.

6 comments:

libertarian said...

PR: Glorious day indeed. We Indians are thrilled, the Americans are cautiously bullish, the French (and likely the Russians) smell opportunity, the Chinese will play along (given ballooning Indo-Chinese trade), thr Brits seem content, and the Israelis are likely happy. The rest of the world will watch in a mixture of anticipation and dread. Here's hoping there's more anticipation and less dread.
Best regards.

Primary Red said...

Very well put, libertarian.

Have you been watching the terrific Charlie Rose interviews this week with Indian political and business leaders? Really impressive stuff.

Best regards

Anil said...

PR:

Truly a great day for India and Indians wherever they may be.
The best part is that we managed to keep our interests secure. Just goes to show how much teh US and indeed the world needs India to step up to the plate.
PR - I am in India on a dial up. Can I get to read the Charlie Rose transcripts you endorsed?
Pretty please with a cherry on top :-)

libertarian said...

PR: didn't see the shows. The list is impressive enough: Manmohan, Nilekani, Premji, Ratan Tata, Kiran Majumdar Shaw ... wow. Will look at getting a couple of transcripts. anil, they're available at Charlie Rose's site for $9.95 an episode.
It's a great time to be Indian. As one commentator put it - India, the disappointment of the 20th century has begun the 21st century in style.

Anonymous said...

Red-

I haven't really followed the nuclear deal as closely as I should have been, but from what I've read so far, I've been left with a sense of ambivalence. While it seems great that we seemingly have access to nuclear fuel to allow for the development of energy industries as well as to satisfy local demand, it does however make one a bit apprehensive as to whether this deal now means that the NPT is dead. While I am in no way endorsing the NPT, it would seem that todays events give the perfect excuse to countries like Pakistan and Iran to go full speed ahead with their nuclear ambitions, demonstrating a fait accompli and then asking for special treatment from Uncle Sam. Some source which I can not presently recollect mentioned that one possible outcome of this agreement was a similar agreement between Pakistan and China. All this causes me to wonder, was this deal really necessary? If we were self sufficient so far, what was the hurry for such a deal? Have we not put our national security at risk by forcing through such a deal?

-hitesh.

Primary Red said...

Hitesh:

We are hardly self-sufficient given our very limited uranium reserves. India hopes to grow its nuclear share of power from a miniscule number now to ~25% in a couple decades -- this requires a lot more than our own stuff.

Self-sufficiency is not a useful idea anymore -- not just in nuclear areas. What India seeks is emerging a leader of the inter-connected world. This is impossible when one sits in splendid isolation as we long have.

This deal is most of all about India formalizing its alliance with the US -- which will remain the dominant power through this century. Frankly, its a lot better to ally with the US to better our other rivals -- than to ally with these lesser powers to naively counter the US.

The deal has costs -- as all deals do -- but the benefits are greater.

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