Few days back “we said that”:http://varnam.nationalinterest.in/archives/000083.html it is not in India’s interest to accept Pakistan’s offer to denuclearize. The Indian Prime Minister made that more clear.
“PM rejects Pak’s de-nuclearisation proposal”:http://www.rediff.com/news/2003/may/08pak5.htm
bq. He asserted that India’s nuclear programme was not Pakistan-specific, while the reverse was the case with Islamabad. Intervening in a debate on Indo-Pak ties in the Lok Sabha, Vajpayee said, “We have to keep in mind developments in other neighbouring countries as well.”
Pakistan is just a nuisence for us. The bigger enemy in the region is China and without our nuclear weapons India will be like a lamb waiting to be slaughtered or forest land waiting to be grabbed by Arundhati Roy.
The Americans are aware of this factor and hence my guess is that the nuclear issue will not be thrust on our faces.
“US and India: A dangerous alliance”:http://www.sulekha.com/redirectnh.asp?cid=308952
bq. That analysis was paralleled in a recent, classified US Department of Defense document revealed by Jane’s Foreign Report. The document argues that “China represents the most significant threat to both countries’ [India and the US] security in the future as an economic and military competitor.” The document also quoted an unnamed US admiral as saying that both the US and India view China as a strategic threat “though we do not discuss this publicly”. The document goes on to observe that US relations with its “traditional” allies in Asia – South Korea and Japan – have become “fragile” and concludes that “India should emerge as a vital component of US strategy”.
In this context it is important to note this statement by Brajesh Mishra
“Mishra proposes India-Israel-US anti-terror alliance”:http://www.sulekha.com/redirectnh.asp?cid=309028
bq. The idea of a Washington-New Delhi-Tel Aviv axis against terror is not new, but it is the first time it is being proposed so openly and formally. While doing so, Mishra spoke of the “fundamental similarities” between India, the United States and Israel, including their democratic system, sharing a common vision of pluralism, tolerance and equal opportunity.
bq. “Stronger India-US relations and India-Israel relations have a natural logic,” India’s foreign policy principal, who is in Washington for talks with top US officials, told the Jewish movers and shakers. Mishra also announced at the dinner that New Delhi hoped to receive Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon soon in India on an official visit.