The Indo-US Nuclear Deal: In search
for some answers
Co-Sponsors: Congressman Jim McDermott (WA-7) and Young India Inc.
2pm, Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
HC-6, Capitol Building, Capitol Hill, Washington DC
Over the past six months, the question of nuclear
power as a source of energy has been brought into sharp focus, firstly through
the Indo-US nuclear deal in July 2005 and more recently by the escalation
of tensions owing to Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The President’s
recent visit to India and the formal signing of the nuclear agreement has
brought this issue into legislative limelight.
Whenever nuclear energy is discussed, the apprehension
of a hidden weapons program emerges as well. Young India feels that the time
is ripe to discuss the Indo-US deal and the broader context of nuclear science
and its politics.
Agenda and Questions Posed:
Welcome by Rep. Jim McDermott
Q. What is the rationale for making civilian
nuclear technology exchange a centerpiece of a new Indo-US “strategic”
partnership? What does “strategic” really mean? Is it limited
only to the security context? If yes, then what is that context? In what other
ways can bilateral relations be improved between the two nations?
Q. What impact will this deal have on
Q. Relative importance of Nuclear Energy in
the larger energy debate - What do people (citizens groups/scientists/political
leaders) in India feel about this deal? Both from an energy perspective and
a foreign policy standpoint.
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