Indo-US Nuclear Deal Fixes Greater Responsibility

Posted in India | 13-Aug-07 | Author: Dr. Ravindra Kumar

Firstly, it was a great event in the history of India and the US, especially from a strategic point of view, when on July 18, 2005 the proposed Indo-US Nuclear deal was signed between Indian Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh and US President George W. Bush during Singh’s visit to the White House. Secondly, with the signing of a new bill to this effect by US President George W. Bush in December 2006 to allow US nuclear trade with India was the beginning of a new era of economic and political relations between two great nations of the world. President Bush stated that it was an honor to sign the bill that would strengthen the relationship between the two largest democracies in the world, and that the relationship between the US and India had never been so vital. Now that the US Congress has ratified this bill and the two governments have accepted the 123 agreements related to it, the path has been paved to open up new possibilities at the world level.

The world is aware of the series of ups and downs that have been a part of India - US relations since 1947, when India achieved her independence. The world also knows the background behind the new developments that have emerged in the relations between the two countries. But one thing is notable here: India has never denied the role of the US as the strongest democracy in the world on an international level nor has the US ever hesitated to accept the significance of India as the largest democracy on earth in world affairs.

As far as the question of this nuclear deal is concerned, it is possible that many in the world would not be able to digest it easily; it is also possible that many would take it in their own way. There is also no doubt that both India and the US would try to gain the maximum benefit for themselves, but in my opinion this deal between the two also fixes greater responsibilities for both. The first among them is that the deal enhances relations between the two countries and benefits the international community through making the world a safer place.

For decades, India has been in possession of nuclear capability; its nuclear program is in safe hands. In this regard India has proven to be a responsible country. I have no doubt that this state will remain intact. However, simultaneous to this, the time has come for India - in collaboration with the US – to make the world free of fear, to contribute to the progress of each and everyone in the world and to accord peace, which is the principal aspect of its way.