India Intelligence Report
 

Iran’s Nuclear Program Not Good for India 

 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told visiting Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid Syed Bukhari that Iran has a secret nuclear program to develop weapons and that this program is not good for India as it does not desire a 3rd nuclear weapons power as a neighbor. However, he insisted that India must get all the rights guaranteed by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which it is a signatory and said that this brought responsibilities that it needs to abide by. He also reiterated Indian policy that improved Indo-US relations is good for all Indians.

A delegation of Muslims visited Singh to communicate various resolutions that they had passed in a conference of Muslims. They were seeking a special economic package for victims of communal riots, restoring Minority status for Aligarh Muslim University, initiatives to address “economic and educational backwardness” of Muslims, illegal occupation of Wakf property, and an increase in the corpus of the Maulana Azad Education Foundation and Minorities Development and Finance Corporation. 

 

A non-committal Singh appraised the delegation of the initiatives already introduced by the Government. He pointed out to the controversial Sachar Committee evaluating the number of Muslims in all Governmental sections including the Armed Forces and said India was committed to address the genuine problems of Muslims and also provide equitable opportunities for their economic and educational advancement. 

The troubling nature is the questioning of India’s decision to vote against Iran in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) when there have been repeated clarifications on why India voted the way it did. The troubling nature is not the questioning of the vote but the basis of it being a communal tone. This is what the Congress President Sonia Gandhi referred to when she accused her communist allies of communalism foreign policy. The communists have incessantly argued that India should vote for Iran because of its Muslim population and not based on its national security and strategic interests.

Although the Imam and delegation left without clear promises from Singh, his brother managed to pick up a fight with a television-journalist on his way out. If not for the intervention of fellow journalists, the victim may have been severely beaten up.