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The fortnight’s burning question. Is the Indo-US Nuclear Deal as good as dead?

     Print Edition: May 4, 2008

The fortnight's burning question: Is the Indo-US Nuclear Deal as good as dead?

No.Manish Tiwari, Spokesperson, Indian National Congress.
The government is committed to the civilian nuclear deal with the US. It has been our endeavour to seek a consensus on major foreign policy decisions, and that is why there is some delay. The deal will help India meet its power generation targets.

No.K. Subrahmanyam, Strategic Affairs Analyst.
I think the nuclear deal with the US is still alive. The government has completed negotiations on the India-specific safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and it is now ready to be submitted to the Board of Governors for approval. I think the government is waiting for the right moment to push the deal through.

No.Tarun Das, Chief Mentor, CII.
I think the Indo-US nuclear deal is on. We need to understand that the US is just a gatekeeper, and India’s deal is actually with the international community. To continue to grow at a robust pace over the next 10-15 years, the country needs nuclear power to meet its growing energy requirements. Therefore, in the interest of India’s development, the nuclear deal will have to happen.

Compiled by Manu Kaushik

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