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A Debate to RememberThe US-India Nuclear Deal$
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Chaitanya Ravi

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199481705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199481705.001.0001

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Nuclear Politics

Nuclear Politics

How the Left Front Was Outmanoeuvred

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A Debate to Remember

Chaitanya Ravi

Oxford University Press

Chapter 5 describes how the Left upped the ante following the announcement of the Indo-US bilateral 123 agreement and successfully prevented the UPA from moving forward with the agreement until November 2007. A key question arises as to why the Left suddenly turned around to allow the UPA to proceed with the nuclear deal in mid-November 2007. The chapter delves into the political situation in the Left’s bastion of West Bengal during the September–November period and shows how the fear of adverse political fallout from a botched up police operation to resolve a festering land acquisition conflict in Nandigram ahead of crucial village body elections caused the Left to reverse course on the nuclear deal. The evidence indicates that the Left’s concession was only temporary and was designed to prevent an alliance between the Congress and the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), the Left’s regional rival ahead of village body elections.

Keywords:   UPA, Left, Nandigram, US, India, nuclear, 123 agreement, trust vote, PMO

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