What is the significance of this note? Does it infringe on
What does the note say? The main point of objection in
The relevant points are:
2. The countries,
5. We are looking at a short 4/5 decade time-span till our thorium-based technology is streamlined.
(See my post dated 8/18/07, Indo-US nuclear agreement)
International agreements are confined to what is inked by the countries involved and do not include internal notes of one party. The Government of India certainly could not have presented the confidential domestic communication of another country for debate in the Parliament.
If the Americans had formally sent us a copy of the note concerned, we would have had to take cognizance of it. As of now it remains an opinion, rightly or wrongly worded, of an outgoing administration. The next administration in the White House may or may not endorse it.
Our sensitivity to what others say amounts to a lack of self confidence. The question should be whether we know what we want and are we getting it? Why waste time and energy on what is whispered behind our backs or the internal dialogue of another country?
On 6/23/08 I wrote (Nuclear Deal: The Left, and the Right) that
What is intriguing is the timing and the reason for Congressman Howard Berman to make the note public. He reportedly said that he wanted the people of
Let us look at the matter objectively. If the final product is acceptable, we take it. Otherwise we dump it.