March 02, 2006
"As he prepares to travel to South Asia next week, US President George W Bush has said one of the primary reasons of reaching a civilian nuclear deal with India is that the country is in need of "diversification away from fossil fuels," but he was non-committal about a similar arrangement with Pakistan." (Times of India)
Fossil fuel has been a major source of energy in India for generations! A fact not hidden from the outside world. However, it is only now that the US wakes up to it! Furthermore, the US now agrees to share its nuclear technology with India in order to rid the world of some air pollution! How grandiose!
Some astute politicking here! Killing three birds with one stone Ms. Rice?
Increasing India's nuclear capability-
a. will keep China at bay
b. will reinstate the ageold volatility between India and Pakistan; an immediate dissipation of the developing bonhomie between the two
c. will assuage public opinion about USA's concern for the environment despite its stance on the Kyoto Protocol