Convincing India’s strong credentials would require some diplomatic heavy lifting which has to be done across the board and hopefully the efforts will start now.
In the ultimate analysis members of the NSG must reach an enlightened consensus to bring 1.25 billion people in the loop for a better future
Negotiations by the companies are now required
The 123 Agreement between India and the United States concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy was signed on October 10, 2008.
Defence Trade and Technology Initiative, spawned between India and United States too has been a significant propeller in the steady stream of initiatives between India and United States.
The visit of Indian Prime Minister Dr Man Mohan Singh to Washington marked the coup de grace for Indo US Relations. The Prime Minister’s visit to the US is regarded by all as a major success and for the Obama Administration it would also be a seminal event for hosting of State reception the first for a developing country as India would be a landmark.
Threat of terrorism in the hinterland poses a challenge with a major blast which caused fire in Samjhauta Express at Panipat near Delhi resulting in over 67 deaths.
Negotiations on 123 Agreement during visit of Indian Foreign Secretary to the United States indicate resolution of differences between Washington and New Delhi .
Multiple incidents of communal flare up and terrorism rock Indian hinterland including Punjab, Rajasthan, Hyderabad and Gorakhpur in UP.
Induction of BrahMos cruise missile in the army on 21 June heralds a new era of missile deterrence in the Sub continent. BrahMos II proposed by the President will be India"™s BrahMostra (Brahmastra) of the future.
Lead Theme - Importance of Acquisitions in enhancing defence preparedness and deficiencies due to delays highlighted by case study of 155 mm medium guns for the artillery, Scorpene submarine for the Navy and light helicopters for the Army.
No forward movement on 123 Agreement, however dangers of mid term elections fade away.
123 Agreement "“ Negotiations expected to continue.
Key Trends Indications of revival of Indo US Civil Nuclear Deal and 123 Agreement with fifth round of talks with the IAEA ending on a positive note and rush of diplomatic activity in India and the United States including a possible visit of the External Affairs Minister to Washington. Defence Expo 2008 is a major success with 475 exhibitors participating. A number of contracts concluded between Indian and foreign firms. Indian private sector receives a boost benefiting from offsets as well as technology demonstration.
123 Agreement: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory An Agreement that accords the status of a nuclear power to a country, provides leeway to keep one thirds of its nuclear reactors outside the purview of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), precludes signing of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and is guaranteed nuclear supplies for peaceful purposes by 45 nations should be a win-win treaty in all respects. The Draft 123 Agreement, which was released to the public on 3 August is perhaps one such treaty which ironically became the subject of intense debate and discussion in India as well as in the neighbouring countries Pakistan and China.

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