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India refusing to be a stooge for USA nuclear salesmen

Coming in the backdrop of the recent judgment of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and the events thereafter, Indian opposition parties, and in many cases, even the Indian intelligentsia, is putting pressure on the government to make sure that the country is not seen as a ‘U.S. stooge’ within or outside the country.

Civil Nuclear Bill – The slip is showing – International Business Times, 10 Sept 10, It was meant to be a quid-pro-quo in return for the Bush administration-led efforts to get India into the global nuclear league. In return, the U.S. expected India to return the favor by ensuring that the U.S. industry benefits the most from the country’s civil nuclear effort. However, the bill, as passed by the India parliament last fortnight is anything but satisfactory to the U.S. industry.

For one, it allows the nuclear plant operator to keep the equipment supplier liable in case of any mishap, and two, New Delhi does not seem to be in any kind of a mood to simply roll back those provisions.

On the other hand, global equipment suppliers are simply unwilling to accept the famed Indian “nod and wink” principle to do business.The U.S. government has been vocal in asking for rollbacks in the provisions, which the ruling party in India may simply be unable to acquiesce. Coming in the backdrop of the recent judgment of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy and the events thereafter, Indian opposition parties, and in many cases, even the Indian intelligentsia, is putting pressure on the government to make sure that the country is not seen as a ‘U.S. stooge’ within or outside the country.

Civil Nuclear Bill – The slip is showing – International Business Times

September 11, 2010 - Posted by | India, politics | , , , , ,

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