India's government is hailing the passage of a civil nuclear agreement in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The agreement, passed by House lawmakers on Saturday (by a 298 to 117 vote), would allow the U.S. to provide nuclear materials to India.
If approved by the Senate, the deal will end a three-decade ban on U.S. nuclear trade with India.
India's Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sabil says the House's
passage of the pact is a historic step, adding that he is hopeful the
U.S. Senate will approve it without alterations.
The deal offers India access to U.S. technology and atomic materials in
exchange for international inspections of some of its nuclear
facilities. India's leftist parties contend the agreement amounts to
surrendering the country's sovereignty.
Both U.S. and Indian leaders hope the signatures can be put on the
document during a visit to New Delhi later this week by U.S. Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice.
International critics say the agreement undermines efforts to prevent
the spread of nuclear weapons by allowing sales of such technology to
those who have not agreed to full safeguards.
India has refused to sign nonproliferation agreements and has faced a nuclear trade ban since 1974.
In an analysis Jaglul Ahmed Chowdury, a prominent
journalist from Bangladesh says that if this deal is materialized,
it will help in India's development because this will help
solve India's fuel problem. He thinks that this is
a very big achievement for Bus
Administration and the Government of India's Manmohan Singh.