October 8, 2007

WHAT'S THE HINDI FOR QUISLING?:

In India’s Coalition Math, Marxists’ Power Is Magnified (SOMINI SENGUPTA, 10/09/07, NY Times)

India’s electoral math makes it impossible for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition government, which is led by the Congress Party, to govern without the backing of its Communist allies, principally Mr. Karat’s party. And so, if Mr. Karat carried out his veiled threats to withdraw support, the government could not continue, and fresh elections would have to be called before its five-year term expires in 2009.

In a vague bit of saber rattling, Mr. Karat has threatened “serious consequences” if Mr. Singh’s government advances its negotiations on its nuclear deal with the United States. He sees it as a part of a strategic alliance with the United States, intended to increase American weight in Asia — and he wants none of it.

“We don’t want to be another Japan,” Mr. Karat said. “It’s not in our interest.”

The nuclear accord, initiated by the Bush administration, approved provisionally by the United States Congress and described as a centerpiece of a new relationship between the countries, would allow India to buy nuclear technology to generate energy. It would require India to negotiate separate agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The Congress Party seems to be rolling up its sleeves for a battle. The fourth-generation scion of the Gandhi-Nehru dynasty, Rahul Gandhi, was recently elevated to one of 11 general secretaries of the party. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, the party chairwoman, said Sunday that those who opposed the deal were “enemies” of progress.


"Enemies of progress"? They're enemies of India. The Chicoms don't like Indian nukes or an India-America alliance, so the Indian communists don't. The math is pretty easy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 8, 2007 8:51 PM
Comments

WHAT'S THE HINDI FOR QUISLING?:

Democrats: people who are against things proposed by an American Republican president eventhough the things are good for their country.

Posted by: ic at October 8, 2007 10:21 PM

"We don’t want to be another Japan"? Right, because being a richer, cleaner, healthier, more peaceful country allied with the US would be such a terrible fate...?

Posted by: PapayaSF at October 9, 2007 12:12 AM

Terrible for the communists for sure.

Posted by: erp [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 9, 2007 4:47 AM
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