There is a lot of hue and cry in the political circles over the civil nuclear deal between India and the US. A lot of opposition seems to be not because of merits and demerits of such deal but because of political compulsions of various players in the politics. Despite of being affected by the political compulsions, each player is singing the national interest song. But it is interesting to see if anyone wants to support the deal,like SP, begins to consult scientists as everyone knows that scientists and other exports are in favor of deal.
Biggest opposition came from allies of the UPA government, the left front. Over last few years the left front run West Bengal has been going through various changes. It, for the sake of industrialization didn’t even cared the farmers of Nandigram and singoor, their demonstrations were crushed by hook and crook and several concerns like maoist hand and communal characters of movements were talked. They even rejected sentiments of likeminded thinkers from civil society, in the course of implementing their plans, those always looked capitalistic. In fact if anyone thinks it is deviation from left’s way of doing something, one is wrong as history is full of left governments of various countries, who suppressed every civilian movement which were against their views. In this regard they always act as feudal lords and always give contradictory reasons. Left is against the deal and it is very clear that their opposition is led by the fact that they are against US and don’t want a deal with the US. Left’s thinking over nuclear issues has always been guided by foreign players (Read China). Remember when India did five nuclear tests in 1998; left opposed this and when the issue of Iran gaining nuclear capabilities came, they stood in favor of Iran. Now have you known any other group in the world which is against gaining nuclear capabilities by its own country and supports other countries? There was contradiction just because of in Iran’s case US was camping against Iran. Imagine what stand they will take if China stands against Iran. Left has failed to come out with clear cut practical reasons, why it is against the deal. Recently left came with its ugly hidden face when it said SP shouldn’t support the deal as Muslims are against the deal. Suppose what would happen if someone comes with idea of India attacking Nepal as it recently dismissed last Hindu Ruler on the earth. What the hell these leftists are thinking? I thought they are above religious and communal ideas. But they are not and not only they are not above, they are communal too. Now they feel the state of India which a secular democracy by the virtue of its heritage and the constitution, should start taking decisions thinking of religious thinking. No community, be it majority or minority, should have a communal say in matters of state and this must be preserved. Moe over it is wrong interpretation of Muslim sentiments.
Recently BSP leader and chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Ms Mayawati came with same view. She is a new champion of Muslim interests. She kept mum until SP came into light. As soon as prospects of SP entering into the deal to save UPA government became clear, she started to sing Muslim tune. No one is saying that there is no opportunistic dimension in SP coming close to UPA to save deal but has BSP, who campaigned in favor of BJP during 2202 Gujrat elections soon after Muslim homicide there. In fact Mayawati has an eye over possible SP-Congress pact in UP in coming Loksabha election. Despite of loosing grounds in UP, congress is still a player and despite of loosing government SP is a key player, a possible alliance between SP, Congress and RLD may diminish the hopes of Mayawati gaining political power in next Union government. Ridiculously some Muslim leaders bought the ant-Muslim theory and rushed to thank her, though these leaders have just religious value and never gained popular political support from Muslim population of UP.
Opposition’s stand on the deal is also ridiculous. Has BJP been in power, she would have been doing all the efforts to do this deal. In fact several BJP leaders are said to be in support of deal. Former NSA and PA to PM, Brajesh MIshra has openly supported the deal. The support of Mr. Mishra is often interpreted as support of farmer PM Mr. Vajpayee, as his proximity to farmer PM and his dependence on several issues on Mr. Mishra is well known. Perhaps it was answer of Dr. Singh’s appeal to farmer PM in loksabha. BJP’s opposition to the deal is often seen as opposition because of being opposition. My humble question is cant we grow to the extent of thinking national interest in place of political interests. It is quite evident if elections comes, supporting the deal may push BJP’s image in brighter light as despite of being in opposition it went for national interest.
Lastly is really the deal may affect the elections? Well! I don’t think deal or no deal will affect elections. Major issues will involve the rise in prices and other national issues. Has it been favorable conditions on economical and political front, congress would have gone to elections over this very issue. The deal will start affecting our economy after good long period of time and till that time no one will remember these long and stiff discussions. No one will remember who were against the deal or favored the deal. No one will remember once the deal was the question of life and death of a government.