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NSG partners must honour their commitments, says India

Special Correspondent national/article2347435.ece The Government has said the “special exemption” India received from the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s export rules in September 2008 involved “reciprocal commitments and actions by both sides” and that the country’s nuclear partners must “fully honour their commitments in this regard”. Providing the first formal Indian response to the NSG’s recent decision to ban the sale of enrichment and reprocessing technology to countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, External Affairs minister S.M. Krishna told Parliament that the 2008 exemption remains “the basis and overarching framework that governs cooperation in civil nuclear matters between India and the NSG”. The issue is the full implementation of that understanding, he added. “This is what we expect and our major partners are committed to”. At its plenary in June this year, the NSG adopted restrictive new rules for ENR exports, incl

Washington calls Beijing's bluff

August 10, 2011 10:18:47 PM B Raman 359929/Washington-calls- Beijings-bluff.html The House Foreign Affairs Committee has asked the Obama Administration not to allow China to open any more Consulates till such time the US is allowed to open a Consulate in Lhasa. India should emulate this strategy as we have stronger reasons for a Consulate in Lhasa The Chinese, who have already been annoyed by the meeting of US President Barack Obama with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House during the former’s recent visit to Washington, DC, have reasons to be further irritated and concerned over the directive on July 20 by the US House Foreign Affairs Committee to the Secretary of State that China should not be allowed to open any more Consulates in the US until Beijing allows the US to open a Consulate in Lhasa. The Foreign Relations Authorisation Act Fiscal Year 2012 passed by the Committee said: “The Secretary shall seek to es

INDIA: Family Politics

For a summary of Family Politics, read on, and f or the FULL DATASET, click here . For more about India: A Portrait by Patrick French , click here . ‘French’s database will go a long way in explaining who governs India to the world. He doesn’t say that hereditary MPs are bad, nor that they should not stand for election. Rather, he shows how political success depends on who your parents are … The importance of this data for students of political science cannot be over-estimated – not because one out of six people in the world is an Indian, but because, as French notes, one out of every two people living in a democracy is an Indian.’ -The Independent How open is the Indian political system? Yes, it is the world’s largest democracy and everyone has a right to vote – and that is a precious thing. But does everyone really have an opportunity to stand for Parliament? You can vote, but what are the chances you will ever be voted for? While researching his new book India: A Portrait – publi