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A Faustian deal

In Goethe's masterpiece Faust, the protagonist makes a pact with the devil, Indian media accuses his government of doing the same.


The United States withdrew from all nuclear cooperation with India after India conducted a nuclear test in 1974. The United States, along with the rest of the world, also faced harsh criticism of both the Indian and Pakistani nuclear tests in 1998. But more than 30 years after that the US broke contact, the US and India have agreed an agreement to resume cooperation on civil nuclear energy.

Full member of the nuclear club

This collaboration came about after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Washington this summer. In Indian strategic thinking, this was celebrated as a breakthrough. The agreement was seen as an implicit admission of India as a nuclear-weapon state, and a full member of the "nuclear club". The collaboration was seen by many as a dilution of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

George Perkovich, Vice President and Head of Research at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace was among those who. . .

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