South Asia Monitor: India at 60: The India-U.S. Nuclear Deal on Hold - Crash, or Course Correction? - October 26, 2007
October 26, 2007
The Indian government has put the civilian nuclear agreement with the United States in the deep freeze rather than face sudden death and early elections. This is a blow. Both governments are emphasizing their desire to move forward, but time is short and unless the deal's opponents have a change of heart, the path around their political objections is hard to discern. Important areas of cooperation will carry on. By 2009, there will be new governments in Delhi and Washington. They will want to continue the partnership. However, this year's political fireworks in India over the agreement will make both governments very cautious about re-launching civilian nuclear cooperation if it is not approved this year.