‘Historic’, ‘landmark’ and all of those
After more than half a year of intense public debate — in both countries — the deal is done. President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have signed the nuclear co-operation deal. In their public comments, Bush used less ambiguous language than Singh, that is perhaps more reflective of their personalities than anything else.
The focus now shifts to the United States Congress, for what is essentially a domestic debate for America. The Indian political establishment and the strategic community had to slaughter some of their sacred cows in the run up to the signing of this deal. It is America’s turn now. It will be interesting.