NSG waiver is 'tryst with destiny': RSS chief

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Nagpur, Sep 9: The decision by the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to lift a three-decade-old global ban on nuclear trade with India is another 'tryst with destiny', whose disastrous effects the country will suffer in future, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief K S Sudershan has said.

''We are still suffering from the ill effects of (Pandit Jawaharlal) Nehru's 'tryst with destiny'. We will suffer the dreadful effects of this 'tryst with destiny' in the future,'' Mr Sudershan told reporters on Monday, Sep 8, referring to the former Indian Prime Minister's famous remarks made while addressing the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in New Delhi when the country achieved freedom over six decades ago.

The Government of India had lost all its rights with the one-time waiver granted by NSG, Mr Sudershan said.

''Until now, we were doing everything on the nuclear front voluntarily. However, now, we will have compulsions to do certain things. We have tied a rope around our legs,'' he said.

The country would have no freedom as far as its nuclear policy was concerned, the Sarsanghachalak said, adding, the United States (US) had been ''clear in its intentions'' when it proposed the one-off waiver. The waiver, approved by NSG at Vienna on September 6, is expected to open up business opportunities for India, besides meeting its energy needs to fuel its high growth rates.

Earlier, speaking after inaugurating the new building of the Department of Business Management of Ramdeobaba Kamala Nehru Engineering College (RKNEC), Mr Sudershan said the Indian mother was the best manager. No matter what the condition of the family, the mother always managed to run the household within its means, he said.

The country's culture and scriptures were full of management knowledge, he said, and described as incorrect Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh's remarks that there was no management expertise in Indian languages.

The Sarsanghachalak reiterated the need to impart education, especially higher education, in Indian languages rather than in English.

Addressing the gathering, Swami Vijay Kaushal Maharaj from Brindavan regretted that homes in India were becoming hotels today.

''Housewives must ensure that the family had at least its evening meals together. The home should not become a place where the children got shelter and food, but no love,'' he added.


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