People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Vol. XXX

No. 11

March 12, 2006



The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on March 7, 2006


THE Indo-US Nuclear Deal signed during the recent visit of US president George W Bush to India is clearly part of a wider strategic partnership into which the US seeks to drag India. The CPI(M) has already noted that the present government has regrettably allowed itself to be pushed into a slew of agreements in the areas of defence, agricultural research, science and technology, and infrastructure development which seriously damage India’s interests and compromise Indian sovereignty. While the CPI(M) views the nuclear deal within this context, it is also important to take note of the specifics of the deal itself.


In the run up to the Bush visit, the Party had demanded that the separation of civilian and military facilities be phased, voluntary and according to Indian wishes guided by its long-term national interests, that placement of future nuclear facilities under either category be determined by India alone and that Fast Breeder reactors be kept out of safeguards. The Party notes that, due to the strong campaign on these issues by the Left and sections of the scientific community resisting huge US pressure and attempts to shift the goalposts, the deal has conformed to these positions. It must also be ensured that India’s future energy programme does not become dependent on imported nuclear reactors and imported fuel and must take into account the techno-economics of nuclear energy to determine its quantum in India’s energy basket.


There are still many hurdles to cross even as far as the nuclear deal itself is concerned, and numerous efforts will be made by the US to extract further concessions from India on the nuclear issue as well as on foreign policy matters. The CPI(M) demands that the UPA government should ensure the following and guarantee the same to the Indian people:



The CPI(M) warns the UPA government that, in pursuit of the deal, it should not accept external conditions such as on the Iran nuclear issue, the gas pipeline, or purchases of US military equipment etc. The government should also renew its commitment towards universal nuclear disarmament as traditionally held by India and enshrined in the New Delhi Declaration, and should initiate measures to convene an International Convention towards this end.