In his statement to the Rajya Sabha on the Indo-US nuclear deal on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said, "We have not allowed any country, howsoever powerful, to influence our (foreign) policy. This will not be allowed as long as I happen to be the prime minister."
Asserting that India will not agree to anything other than the July 18, 2005, statement between him and US President George Bush on the nuclear deal, Dr Singh made the assurance that the separation plan does not include nuclear technology. He also said, "There will be no external supervision of our research and development work in the nuclear field."
The Left parties, which have been vocal in their opposition to certain facets of the nuclear deal, appear to have been won over. Eminent scientists, who had also expressed several reservations over the way the deal was shaping up, have welcomed the prime minister's statement and are happy about his willingness to meet them.
What is your opinion about Dr Singh's statement? Are you reassured by it? Or, do you have doubts that the Indo-US nuclear deal will infringe on India's freedom and its policy-making?