Saturday Sept 6, 2008
Why are these two men looking so happy? National Security Adviser M. K.
Narayanan and Atomic Energy Commission chief Anil Kakodkar are not normally
given to looking so pleased with themselves, but they finally had reason to
smile. It was, as the prime minister was to say later, a historic day for India.
After days of protracted and hard-nosed negotiations, the NSG adopted a statement on civil nuclear cooperation,
effectively ending the nuclear apartheid it had been subjected to for 34 years,
since the first Pokhran tests of 1974. The waiver was possible only because of
some top-level working of phones by President Bush, the top level American
officials and of course their Indian counterparts, as at the very last stages,
China had come up with road-blocks. Typically, the waiver has not left the Left
and the BJP happy, and there have been cries of 'sell-out' and a 'dark day'. But
with this diplomatic triumph, the Congress seems convinced that Singh is indeed
Also See: Indo-US Nuclear Deal