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Quick Edit | Perfidious Columbia?

Quick Edit | Perfidious Columbia?
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First Published: Tue, Jun 28 2011. 12 59 AM IST
Every time the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) tightens rules for the sale of nuclear technology, there are cries of “nuclear betrayal” in India.
There is no doubt that even during the George Bush Jr age, the US was ambivalent about letting India access enrichment and reprocessing technologies. The “agreement” at that time was that the US would not prevent other countries from doing so. It did not keep its word. Should India cry out loud?
There is no reason for it to do so. For warning signs were visible for a long time and it was the task of Indian diplomacy to counter these measures or at least forcefully convey our point of view to the US. This was never done: our foreign office was in slumber, constantly. In the matter of technology that can confer strategic advantage to a country, verbal assurances are not worth a farthing. It’s time India woke up to that reality instead of reminding others of phoney promises.
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First Published: Tue, Jun 28 2011. 12 59 AM IST