Headline from Hindustan Times:
Nuclear deal standoff
CPI(M) warns Govt of pulling back supportThe Central Committee of CPI-M authorises Politburo to take an appropriate decision at an appropriate time.
Um, say there fellows... I have to ask... what planet are you on exactly? The Politburo? The following from NDTV is an accurate reflection of how those of us in the US see the Indian debate (btw, Ambassador Sen is the poor chap who quite accurately characterized the debate as one among headless chickens and of course the highly dignified BJP and Left Front roosters are calling for his head):
India's Ambassador to the US Ronen Sen is not the only casualty of the opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal in the Indian Parliament.
The ramifications of the political impasse in New Delhi are being felt amongst experts and think tanks in Washington DC too.
In fact, in the US, even those international relations experts who have been the most fervent proponents of the deal have had no option but to agree with Sen's remark that if the nuclear deal unravels because of opposition in New Delhi, India will have ''zero credibility.''
According to Teresita Schaffer, Director, South Asia Program, CSIS, ''The fact that there has been such controversy over it and that the government is even considering slowing things down inevitably leads people to wonder whether India is a country that cannot take yes for an answer.
Or, to put it more bluntly, who needs friends like these? If the Indian's generally agree with the view of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) - yes, not to be confused with the CPI (Lennon) or CPI (Stalin) - that any deal which includes cooperation with the US simply must be bad, I can only wish them well when dealing with those altruistic fair-dealing highly ethical partners, the Russians and the Chinese. And one other thing, a minor point really, but how are you fellows planning of keeping the lights on?
Rejection of the nuclear deal would of course be a disaster for financial markets and foreign capital inflows into India but we'll leave that for another time.