As the furore over the Indo-US nuclear agreement, also known as the 123 agreement, elevates to new levels, one thing is becoming painfully clear. The true power lies not with the man they call the Prime Minister, but any Tom, Dick and Harry regional party which has the clout to dictate terms just because its support is keeping the government from falling. The Left’s anti-US stand clearly defies all logic and is based on the vested interests of the opposing parties.
This deal is very important for us. Apart from the technicalities of the deal, which seem to favour India, experts feel that the important fact to be noted is that India is now moving in the upper echelons of global power. This, with the growing economy will bring a better future for us. We have a lot of ambitions like gaining entry into the International Security Council, being a global economic superpower etc. and this deal is vital for us to realize them. With this deal, India will be recognized as a responsible nuclear power without any track of proliferation and clandestine transfer of technologies to other countries.
Sadly, the NDA and Left don’t understand the ramifications if the government decides to back out of the deal (which seems highly unlikely). India will lose all the credibility and any nation entering into an agreement or pact with us will think 10 times before doing so. We will be looked upon as being a weak nation internally and hence will not be a key factor anymore in Asia’s stability. All these are long term impacts and will push us far behind.
What India needs right now is not a coalition but a single ruling party. This will ensure that important decisions like these are not dictated by regional powers who wake up at such moments to prove their dominance and nothing else. The unfortunate thing here is that India has been divided by these regional parties on the basis of caste, religion and class. And they know how to make use of these masses as vote banks.
What can the EC do about it? Well for starters, it can ban post-election alliances. It can lay down a rule that the alliances and supports must be submitted in writing to the EC at least a week before the election campaign starts. This will ensure that there are just 2 coalitions, if not single parties. Also the people get a clear idea as to who is in which camp. Incidents like the Nationalist Congress Party, whose sole aim of creation was opposition to Sonia Gandhi but joined the government to grab a piece of cake, will not be repeated.
India needs a leadership that is not boggled down by such blind protesters who themselves could never do something constructive but also cannot bear someone else doing something like this. It needs a poilitical structure that allows for quick decision making with fair amount of checks and balances and a constructive opposition.
But then, perhaps i dream too much…