CONTROVERSY:Bush starts to get it right on India’s nuclear status - Jonathan Power
The new policy has all the advantages of jettisoning hypocrisy. The next step, which logically should grow from it, would be to revise the Non-Proliferation Treaty to make India formally one of the established nuclear powers, and thus gain India’s membership of the Treaty
The critics of President George W Bush’s new nuclear deal with India have got it back to front. They appear to have no understanding of the history of US-Indian nuclear relations. They draw their pessimistic and sanctimonious conclusions about how this new policy of relaxing the supply of advanced nuclear materials to India will further undermine the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as if no water had ever flowed under the bridge.
Let’s go back to the head of that river.
The first mistake in dealing with India was for President Richard Nixon to make it unambiguously clear in the early days of his opening-to-China…