WHY "KOODANKULAM PLUS" AGREEMENT WAS NOT SIGNED AT MOSCOW?

B.RAMAN

Prior to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's just concluded 28-hour visit to Moscow on November 11-12,2007, for talks with President Vladimir Putin and other Russian leaders, it was widely speculated in New Delhi that the visit would see the signing, inter alia, of a "Koodankulam Plus" agreement under which Russia would help India in setting up four more civilian nuclear power reactors at Koodankulam in southern Tamil Nadu.

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CHINA & THE 123 AGREEMENT: An Update

By B. Raman
12-Aug-2007

Between July, 2005, when India and the US agreed in principle on civilian nuclear co-operation, and June, 2006, Beijing's reaction was unmistakably unenthusiastic. It sought to justify its lack of enthusiasm on the ground that such a special waiver to India, when it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and not given up its military nuclear ambitions, could weaken the global non-proliferation architecture.

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Hindus missing the wood for the trees

By Dr Gautam Sen
Organiser, Oct 21, 2007

Hindu understanding of the world they inhabit and their associated political activity sadly give the impression of missing the wood for the trees. Running around like headless chickens disconsolate Hindus protest a myriad of slights, insults and assaults. But they are failing to grasp the alarming interconnectedness of outwardly disparate events and how profoundly consequential they are for the destiny of Hindus.

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US State Department - Defender of the faith

Report on International Religious Freedom

International Religious Freedom Report 2007

Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
http://www.state.gov

VigilOnline on this issue: Plainspeaking the US State Department

The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, and the National Government generally respected this right in practice. However, some state and local governments limited this freedom in practice.

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Wool pulled over India's eyes

By Brahma Chellaney
Part- III
http://www.deccan.com

There would have been no political uproar over the nuclear deal had the Prime Minister taken on board all important stakeholders on an issue centred on the future of India's most-prized strategic asset — its nuclear programme. Acquiescence to the deal's shifting goalposts also stoked controversy.

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In a nuclear bind

Stagecraft & Statecraft / Brahma Chellaney
http://www.asianage.com

A cognitive disconnect bedevils official claims over the nuclear deal. The avowed rationale is nuclear energy, yet in reality, the deal can be of little help to India's growing energy needs. Even with the import of a number of multibillion-dollar reactors, capital-intensive nuclear power's share in India's total electricity generation is likely to remain unimpressively small because the contribution of other energy sources will continue to rise faster (and more cheaply).

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