In light of President Bush's visit to India a few days ago and the new nuclear deal inked, lets highlight some far-reaching consequences that could play out. From International Herald TribuneAndy Mukherjee's article:
If India can use the accord to overcome its energy crisis, there is a lot that its fast-growing economy can buy from the rest of the world. That will be the ultimate economic prize for the global economy if it accepts India as a de facto nuclear-weapons state.Whether the prize is worth the risk of "tempting" states without nuclear weapons to give up their "self-restraint," as Talbott puts it, is for Congress to decide. The same concerns being raised in Washington about doing a deal with India were debated in 1985 about the wisdom of sharing fissile technology and equipment with China. Although it took 13 years to complete the U.S.-China nuclear cooperation agreement - it had been submitted to Congress when Ronald Reagan was president and it was implemented in 1998, under Bill Clinton - the deal went through. Reservations in the United States about China assisting the nuclear-weapons programs of Pakistan and Iran did not scuttle the agreement. With no skeletons in India's nuclear closet, the United States may find it a lot easier to end the Indian blackout.
Has India started to move into another league, slowly and tentatively? Perhaps, yes. I do not think the nuclear agreement deal itself is the silver bullet but could be chain reaction to important developments in Asia. More importantly, change in perception.
Anangbhai in the comment section has hit the point pretty well on India being given heads-up to eventually move into the league of China and Japan and also aspire to be Amrikan like.
I suppose people in India also deserve the right to be as miserable as Americans at their jobs and live quiet suburbian lives and eat discounted food from wal mart.
"Its all about the money ain't a damn thing funny,
You got to have a car in this land of milk and honey".
Yes, every Indian wants to watch Indian Idol with frozen food dinner too.