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RSS sees Deal as stepping stone for India's 'big league' entry

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, July 3 (UNI) Contrary to the dim view taken by the BJP of the Indo-U S Nuclear Deal, its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has started new debate by stating that the deal has presented India with a 'new opportunity' and a stepping stone for its entry to the 'big league'.

RSS mouthpiece Organiser in its editorial titled "The N-deal debate' while obliquely supporting the deal said "the other option for India was to continue with with isolation and perpetually be in competition with Pakistan".

The editorial without appearing to be eager to toe a pro-US line was critical of decades of non-alignment and Commonwealth obsessions that had not yielded India much global significance.

Today India is entering a big league. If President Bush whose domestic rating was at the rock bottom was using the Indo-US deal as the most important foreign policy success and managed to garner support from the skeptical Democrats, because they did not want to be seen as voting against India, it only proves that India's growth clout as a world power. "This should make India proud", the editorial said.

India had to suffer nuclear apartheid all these years which kept it from actualising its potential in nuclear technology. That the U S Administration could get the proliferation sensitive lobby in the US Congress to endorse the agreement in exchange for some non-binding clause has come as a relief for India. The proliferation hardliners inspired by Islamabad-Beijing nexus went all out to denounce the deal.

The U S companies and the NRIs lobbied hard with hostile Congressmen to make the deal possible. "The bottom line is enlightened national interest", the editorial signed off.

The RSS view is seen as different from the views expressed by BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi who dumped the Bill approved by the U S Congress Committee on Nuclear deal as a Bill which attempted to impose all sorts of restrictions on the research activities of the Indian scientists and a cap on country's military programmes without according the status of a 'Nuclear Weapons State'.

The newspaper also dismissed Dr Joshi's objections about India getting into CTBT and FMCT regime though not a signatory, when it said that these problems could be taken care if the Indian government insists when the US legislation that seeks to exempt India from the 1954 Atomic Energy Act is taken up on the full floor of House of Representatives this month end, the editorial said.

About Congress, the leader of the UPA coalition, the RSS said they can't celebrate the deal fearing the wrath of Communists and the Muslims whom the party was cynically trying to propitiate. The active participation in the US efforts to dissuade, isolate and if necessary sanction and contain Iran would alienate the Muslims from the Congress. The Communists reaped a rich harvest in Kerala and West Bengal by mobilizing the fundamentalists Muslim support.

Similarly Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh and BSP Chief Mayawati were waiting to cash on the same issue in the coming Assembly elections, the paper said.

While voicing its concerns about the 'UPA's unilateralism', in handling the deal, the Organiser however was critical of the role of Communists who accused every government at the Centre of a 'sell out' to the US since 1991, and they need not be taken 'too seriously'. "They are now talking about undermining national sovereignty' but when India signed Strategic Treaty of Cooperation, they were in the forefront to celebrate it, the newspaper said.


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