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Organiser's foreign affairs expert M.D. Nalapat's relentless tirade against the Indo-US nuclear deal continues with a detailed article in the current issue that describes Manmohan Singh and Pranab Mukherjee as the "Bush babies in the union cabinet." Accusing the Left parties of "verbally opposing the US policy while at the same time keeping in power those committed to Washington", he says the debate in Parliament on the nuclear deal "was rendered a non-event" because it excluded a vote. According to Nalapat, the deal will spell the death knell of Indian R&D — apart from the dozen facilities formally offered for international inspection, "the numerous pursuit clauses that will be present both explicitly and implied in the numerous restrictive covenants that the Bush Babies will get India to sign will make possible the entry of 'international inspectors' (read spies) in practically all the country's premier R&D facilities." Mocking Sonia Gandhi's foreign origins, Nalapat writes: "Under the Maino parivar, India is swiftly going the way of Iraq in 1991, and that too without a shot being fired. What an asset the UPA's ruling parivar is to those to whom its allegiance is pledged!"
Tell Pak to forget Kashmir
Organiser's editorial slams the PM for taking up President Musharraf's new proposals on Kashmir. "Why is the prime minister so fickle-minded on Pakistan? Is it again the question of vote-bank and appeasement as they dictate all UPA actions?" it asks. Kashmir, the editorial says, "is like an adolescent obsession with Pakistan. What Musharraf could not attain by proxy war, he is trying to get by laying a trap for India in the facade of a solution. Why take him seriously?" There should be no negotiations that involve conceding Indian sovereignty over Kashmir. Instead, "Pakistan should be told to forget Kashmir. If needed, we should seal the border, sever diplomatic ties to fight secessionists on Indian soil and their foreign masters."