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Onward to Loss of Autonomy

The trust vote in Parliament clears the way for pushing India firmly into the us fold.

The trust vote which the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government secured on July 22 was a milestone for all the wrong reasons. The run-up to the vote and the voting itself tore to shreds the procedures and practices of parliamentary democracy in India. And the UPA has the green signal to take a major leap towards tying the country ever so tightly to the United States.

The issue was supposed to be the Indo-US nuclear deal, which had been discussed threadbare ever since it was initialled in July 2005. The debate in the Lok Sabha did not shed any new light on the accord. It must be noted for the record that cooperation in civil nuclear energy between India and the rest of the world, if eventually operationalised, is not going to make a material difference to energy security in the country. Everyone is aware that even in the most optimistic of predictions, atomic energy will contribute less than 10 per cent of India’s electricity in 2020. And even prime minister Manmohan Singh cannot honestly believe what he wrote in the speech for the Lok Sabha debate that was never delivered: that an end to “nuclear apartheid” will enable the Indian atomic energy industry to do for the Indian economy what Indian information technology has done for the country’s exports.

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