U.S. President George Bush has signed into law a landmark
agreement opening up civilian nuclear trade between the United States and
At a ceremony in Washington Wednesday, Mr. Bush said the measure celebrates the
growing ties between the world's two largest democracies.
He said the deal sends a signal to the world that the United States will
befriend nations that are democratic and responsible.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is now expected to meet with Indian Foreign
Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday to sign the agreement.
The deal ends a 34-year ban on nuclear trade with India -- allowing the U.S. to
share civilian nuclear technology and material with New Delhi in exchange for
India opening some of its nuclear facilities to U.N. inspection.
The U.S. ban was put into place after India first tested nuclear weapons in
1974. The country has not signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
U.S. lawmakers approved the agreement last week.
Some U.S. lawmakers who opposed the new pact say there are not sufficient
safeguards to prevent India from diverting nuclear fuel from civilian use to
its weapons program. Indian officials say they are committed to nuclear
disarmament and non-proliferation.
guests were Dr. Jayanta Ray, Dr. Sreeradha Datta and Mr. Anjan Bosu.
Jayanta Ray Retd, Centenary Professor of International Relations and former
Director, South and South East Asian
Calcutta University is also the Chairman, Executive Committee, Maulana Abul
Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies,
Sreeradha Datta is a Research Fellow, Institute of Defense Studies and Analysis,
New Delhi, India.
Anjan Bosu, a veteran commentator and Executive Editor of "Dainik Pratidin", leading Bengali daily of
Chakrabarty hosted the show.