Monday, August 20, 2007

For want of a nail - the kingdom was lost.

The US-India Atomic Energy Act promises to be the one of the most crucial treaties of the modern times. This is an act that not only establishes co-operation between the largest and the richest democracy's - but is also an harbinger to enhanced ties between these two giants.

In a time when even the signatory members of the controversial NPT - countries such as Iran and the once ratified North-Korea are facing flak from the rest of the world for developing nuclear technologies - here we have a non-signatory member being offered an option for technology transfer. This move is not only unprecedented, but also a great moral victory on a global stage for India.

It is an win-win situation for both countries as one can see it. India - a developing country facing acute power crisis gets accelerated access to advanced technology to fulfill its power needs and also establishes friendly ties with the most powerful and like-minded friend that one can have. United States on the other hand has clear commercial benefits to reap - and the added advantage of cozying up to a sleeping giant that is well on its way to wake up and dominate the coming century. It is in the interest of both countries to continue to build their relationship to next levels.

The deal looks all set to augur a new era in world politics - one that not only confirms the eastward shifting of the balance of world power - but in a way, also signals an unspoken acceptance to India's concerns over the nuclear-discrimination caused by NPT .

All of it was looking good - until a few spoil-sports, started creating obstacles - for reasons that seems to be inspired from local and petty political considerations.

It is sad to see the state of affairs.

Those opposing the deal, do not even site concrete reasons/solutions/alternatives to solve the energy crisis the country is facing. They talk about dangers of getting 'too close' to the capitalist powers of the United States - while conveniently ignore the very poignant fact that India has been registering record GDP rates only due to the money flowing in from this 'capitalist' country.

It is my hope that such short sighted political agendas do not derail the chance of a greater good-will and common-sense to prevail.

It reminds me of a poem I heard when I was perhaps seven years old. May be - politicians should brush up their third standard literature syllabus - they surely seem to be behaving like seven year olds !

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

Heres hoping that for the want of the nail of petty polics we do not loose us the kingdom of friendly co-operative co-existence.

* The Views expressed are opinions of the Individual Writer - not necessarily attributable to any group.


Anonymous said...

Quite an emotional one!

If you can write so well, why not try writing an account with all the details...

After all it might be that the shoe is lost for the want of the nail, but it might also have not fit!

Cheers for the emotion though!

SurAj said...

yes - its is tough to know if the shoe fits.

The shoe may just not fit and bite back later ? Or perhaps running around bare-foot without any shoes might prove unhealthy - a loose shoe is better than doing that ? ;)

No one can predict the future - but for the time being it seems that friendship with USA, and a strong environment-friendly energy program are good choices to make.

I hope to write more detailed accounts sometime. I agree that this is just a superfluous account of things.

Nilesh said...

Namaskar gurav,
mala marathi font madhe blogkasa lihava yachyavishayee mahiti havi hoti. krupaya mala marathi font madhe kase type karayche te sang.

Raw Think Tank said...

So nuclear fuel is free and infinite, right ?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps a lot of the controversy surrounding this topic could have been avoided had India not refused to sign up to the Nuclear NPT.

The NPT was set up for a reason, and that reason isn't helped by more countries, including founding members and alleged key advocates such as the USA, simply disregarding it when it equates to dollars over principles. Nor is it helped by India basically using it's growing economic weight to say they are special and exceptions can be made.

No question that India (and indeed the world) have an energy crisis to be solved. But disregarding the reasons why the NPT was established to ostensibly try and solve that crisis is also clearly a path down which the US & India won't be the last to tread now.

Whether it be for reasons of economic profit, or reasons of political alliances, the effect is the same. They have set the precedent.

It's now simply hypocritical to say that some countries can do this, but others (eg: Iran) must, unlike India, be subject to full inspections of ALL facilities. All objectivity has been taken away and replaced with good old fashioned subjectivity - do we like you and trust you...or not?

Some things are bigger than growth and profit. But both these things could still have been achieved had the US and India both said they support the bigger picture and will agree to play by the rules of the NPT game - transparency, accountability, etc. Not backdoor deals that set bad precedents.

And let's also hope for India's sake that the long promised Gen-IV reactor technology comes to fruition sometime in the coming decades (and it's already been decades in the making to date), else nuclear energy itself will not be a long term solution to anybodys energy crisis.