With the Kudankulam reactor operational at last, critics have spoken out against the problems with India's nuclear programmes. Here's why those concerns are not entirely accurate.
The Sushma Swaraj-John Kerry meeting should be seen pragmatically -- despite the warmth over doing business together, there remain thorny issues such as Pakistan, the civil nuclear liability law and Indian policy-making on foreign investment.
Unless the provisions regarding a plant operators' liabilities in case of nuclear damages are relaxed, foreign companies will not come in, a Canadian government official said.
The government's reported effort to dilute the Civil Liability Nuclear Act to exempt US suppliers of reactors from the liability clause will be an illegal attempt to bypass the law passed by parliament, the CPI-M said Thursday.
India's nuclear liability law posed a tough challenge for implementing the 'transformational' Indo-US nuclear deal though there is a very strong desire to move forward, Nisha Desai Biswal, President Barack Obama's Indian-American nominee for a key post in South Asia, said.
To enter the international mainstream civil nuclear commerce, a top US official has said India should consult International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear liability law as a means to ensure the objective.
The US administration isn't entirely happy with Indian concessions limiting the liability of nuclear equipment suppliers in the event of accidents. More hard bargaining lies ahead.