The UPA government has been painstakingly pushing for the civilian nuclear deal to go through the parliament, we have all seen the drama in the parliament, what with the horse-trading and vote-for-money scam.
The nuclear deal aims to give India access to nuclear fuel and equipment for the first time in 30 years to help meet its soaring energy needs, even though it has stayed out of non-proliferation pacts and tested nuclear weapons. Our country is in top gear when it comes to development and with the huge energy requirements we need to think about energy security and ways in which we can minimise the effect of global price movement of various energy specific commodities primarily, crude oil. The sailent features of the deal can be seen here
Coming to the reactions of the political parties, it was really funny (pun intended) to see the mix-match between the parties prior to the trust vote, even parties with just a few seats in lok sabha commanded either hefty pacback/other benefits, they saw this as an oppurtunity to milk the government and why not,arre bhai, khabi-kabhi toh aisa muka milta hai (its not everyday that you get these situations). It was rib-tickling to hear comments from some of these MPs about nuclear deal, i’m not sure whether they even know how to spell ‘nuclear’, leave alone understand the nuances of the deal. What was instead crafted was new alliances/formations for the forthcoming Ls election next year.
We also saw the reincarnation of the ‘Third Front’ (not again !!!), the only think that remains constant with the ‘Third front’ is its name, its constituent parties change like Paris Hilton’s wardrobe, also it was heartening (pun intended again) to see Maya ka jaadu on the third front, now that she’s been projected as the alternative choice for the top post in this country, India will certainly turn blue (akhri baar pun intended) if she ever makes it.
As for the common man, watching the proceedings of the house during the trust-vote was no less intriguing than watching a bollywood maska-mar-ke movie,its therefore a no-brainer that Lok sabha television recorded one of its highest viewership that day