Against this, the government's decision not to place any orders for nuclear power plants till the US completes the endorsement is not only gracious but also wise. Not only does it allow US firms to put pressure upon the two houses to take the extraordinary measures that are now needed, but it reinforces the main argument that the Bush administration cited to push the deal through, namely that India is a responsible nuclear power. By agreeing to wait, India has acknowledged its debt to the US, as also demonstrated its innate desire to play fair. This should certainly go some way towards reassuring the waverers in the two houses.
Now that the struggle is almost over, it's time to assess what India stands to gain, and also what it could conceivably lose from entering the nuclear club on the terms hammered out in Vienna. The immediate gain is that it opens the way for foreign investment in nuclear plants capable of generating some 30,000 MW. Coming on top of the coal-based ultra-mega power plants that have already been sanctioned, these can end the nation's crippling power shortage in as little as five years.