“INDO-U.S. Nuclear treaty will greatly benefit
India as far as
production of nuclear energy is concerned as it would remove international
restrictions on the supply of nuclear fuel” said Dr. Shivram Bhoje, Padmashri
and Academic Advisor to Shivaji University, Kolhapur on 10th of
August 2006. Dr. Bhoje is a leading Nuclear Scientist and a Former Director
of the Nuclear Centre at Kalpakkam. He was taking part in a symposium on
‘Indo-U.S. Nuclear treaty and its political implications’ jointly organized by
the Department of Political Science and the Placement Cell of the University.
Dr. A. A. Dange – I/c Vice-chancellor and Director, BCUD was in chair.
In his hour-long speech, Dr. Bhoje took a
historical review of development of Nuclear reactors and other facilities in
India and the problems
that dogged the Indian program after the underground explosion of peaceful
nuclear device in May 1974. He said that despite some problems, the Indo-U.S.
Nuclear deal would benefit India and it would go a long way solving our energy
Dr. Uttara Sahasrabuddhe, Reader in International
Politics in the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai, in her speech reviewed the
progress of Indo- U.S. Nuclear relationship since last 50 years in the light
of changing political equations in the international politics. She said that
situation changed after the collapse of Soviet Union in 1990 – 91 and
strengthening of non-proliferation lobby in U.S.A. She favoured the passage
of the bill and hoped that this deal would go a long way in solving some of
the problems faced by Indian government including energy and transfer of state
of art military technology.
Dr. Aruna Pendse, Reader in Politics in the
Department of Civics and Politics of the University of Mumbai said that this type of
symposia are necessary to inform people about the nature of international
treaties. She said that
America represented the
imperialist interests and she wanted to impose its dominance on the people as
a leader of the Uni-polar world. U. S. A. is not presenting a good example of
herself. She cautioned against the euphoria and said Indian stick to peaceful
use of nuclear power and resist temptation to get involved in arms race in
South Asia. Environmental impact of nuclear energy should be properly
In his Presidential address, Dr. A. A. Dange,
Director – BCUD, congratulated students for attending the function in such a
big way and laid stress upon need to be well informed about current issues.
He said that the Indo-U.S. nuclear deal had economic implications and in the
era of globalization there was an identification of interest of developed and
developing countries, hence, we would have to discuss the issue in the light
of changing situation.
raised some important questions and they were replied by Dr. Bhoje and Dr.
Uttara Sahasrabuddhe. Mrs. B. T. Patil proposed a hearty vote of thanks.