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What's The Real Deal, Mr Prime Minister?

February 07, 2006
Satya

Indian political establishments including the executive are not known for quick actions and in many cases any action. So whenever there seems to be an alacrity from them eyebrows obviously are raised.

One such incident is the row between the Government, possibly the PMO and the Department of Atomic Energy(DAE). The recent controversy is due to an interview given by Mr Anil Kakodkar to Indian Express, which will be published on Wednesday. In that interview Mr Kakodar had accused US of shifting its stand on Nuclear deal and asking specific reactors to be put on the civilian list, instead of an earlier decided one. After this statement Mr Kakodkar was admonished and asked to shut up. It was said that our PM will make a statement on the nuclear deal in the parliament.

As a citizen of India, I want to know what exactly is in this deal and why it is beyond reproach? When everything else in a democracy can be debated why this deal is being treated in a hush hush manner. What is the reason the PMO is so active in admonishing anyone who tries to raise this issue in public.

The developments in the last few months makes me feel that there is a wide range of collateral associated with the Nuclear deal. Everything else in India, be it our national prestige, our discretion in matters of strategic interest or our military deterrent has become subservient to this deal. All the nuclear reactors that we got from abroad are already under IAEA survelliance and it was being said that a few more will be added to the list. But is this 'few more' all of the remaining ? In any case it should be the Indian government's prerogative to put any reactor on the civilian or military list.

Manmohan Singh can wear the smug on his face after the pat he got from US government for toeing its line on Iran issue but we can't let achievement of any five year government to be more important than our strategic interests.

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#1
cynical nerd
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February 7, 2006
08:48 AM

From your IE link:
the Government communicated to him that it would have been more appropriate had he waited for the Prime Minister to make a statement in Parliament on the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Where is the GoI communique admonishing Dr. AK ? Was it made public? If not how did IE managed to see it??

While we need to be watchful about the deal, as we ourselves had written, IE has been running its own pro-US proxy-campaign. We need to be watchful of them too!

We suggest to wait and see what Dr. AK has to say tomorrow.

best,

#2
satya
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February 7, 2006
08:53 AM

Yeah, part of interview was made public. It was in yesterday's IE online. But since I can't find the link of yesterday's paper, I could not post it.

Well the lines which you quoted from IE does means admonishing. It effectively meant that Kakodar should not have spoken before PM. The official statements are always subtle.

Actually IE is giving mixed signals, yesterday it was pro Kakodar but today it joined hands with PMO.

#3
cynical nerd
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February 7, 2006
08:57 AM

satya: I would like to see the actual Government "admonishing" communiuqe or links to that other than from IE.

best,

#4
satya
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February 7, 2006
09:05 AM

CN, I don't think govt publishes these kind of communications, I checked the PMO website. If you don't want to believe in IE newsreport then I am sorry, I can't find any other link.

On the other hand I don't think any admonishing by govt will contain swear words or such. They are always done subtly.

here is report on yesterday's news on IE from a of Pakistan

#5
satya
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February 7, 2006
09:06 AM

In the above comment's last line, I meant newspaper of Pakistan.

#6
cynical nerd
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February 7, 2006
09:13 AM

satya: A quick Google search reveals it is published only in IE and New Indian Exp. Just think about it, this is an important issue and many Indian papers are covering it deligently including The Hindu and Hindustan Times. I doubt if they could have missed it.

IE is clearly putting words in to someone else's mouth, IMO.

Thanks for making the effort.

best,

#7
satya
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February 7, 2006
09:18 AM

CN, I think since the interview was done by IE, so it has information about it. I don't think there are many other newspapers covering the interview part as well.

Let's wait for a day or two and see what happens.

#8
mayank
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February 7, 2006
11:44 AM

All newspapers are selective about what they print, as they too have political motives behind their reporting. For eg, why dont we see anything being reported about the scientific rigging of WB elections in TOI, HT etc.?

#9
satya
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February 7, 2006
11:49 AM

You are correct Mayank, newspapers do have their political ideaologies if not affiliations. But it is not always that they have some scoops. IE is known for its investigative journalism and has presented some news much before others. This communication to Mr Kakodkar from Govt might be one such.

#10
Nachiketa
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February 7, 2006
04:10 PM

lets not get sidetracked by the IE issue. As Satya correctly points out, the truth is that the Indian Govt has rolled over on this issue.

#11
satya
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February 7, 2006
04:20 PM

You are correct Nachiketa. I feel that Indian government is not coming out clean on this issue.

#12
SidDes
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February 8, 2006
02:14 AM

Well, to comment on this deal, nuclear energy is the future of man's power needs. When the US asks us to put our nuclear reactors under the IAEA's scanner and seperate our civilian and military nuclear facilities so that (read carefully) the deal can be approved by the US Congress, wre are indirectly putting ourselves under the control and influence of the Congress of the USA. Doesnt that feel a little foolish, specially cos almost all nuclear reactors in India are jointly used for civil and military purposes?

#13
satya
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February 8, 2006
02:45 AM

I agree with you SidDes. I don't know what is the real deal that our govt is acquiescing to whatever US asks. The full interview of Mr Anil Kakodkar is in Indian Express today and it doesn't present a very good picture of the real deal.

#14
mayank
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February 8, 2006
03:20 AM

There is a lack of transperency on the govts part on the exact modalities of the nuclear deal with US, nor has the media paid to much attention to Vajpayee's allegations of compromises on national security. I think we require a national level debate on the issue.

#15
satya
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February 8, 2006
03:25 AM

The full interview can be found here. This interview present different facts. I can't understand why government is shying away from making the conditions/collaterals of the deal public ?

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