In September, Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed an agreement which will allow sales of Australian uranium to India for the first time. India has consistently refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and has manufactured up to 110 nuclear warheads, but has been given a free pass to take part in international nuclear trade by virtue of its new strategic relationship with the United States.
A U.S. diplomatic cable released this year by Wikileaks shows a senior Hindu nationalist politician admitting that virtually all economic growth of recent years has been concentrated in the four southern states, two western states (Gujarat and Maharashtra) and "within 100km of Delhi." In another cable about Pranab Mukherjee, the finance minister being groomed to be India s next PM, Hillary Clinton is revealingly blunt: "To which industrial or business groups is Mukherjee beholden?"
''Congress insiders complain that [Rahul Gandhi] is a neophyte who does not have what it takes to become prime minister,'' the US charge d'affaires to India, Geoffrey Pyatt, wrote in a 2007 cable published by WikiLeaks. But Rahul's supporters say he is biding his time. ''There is no suspense about it,'' senior Congress figure Digvijay Singh says. ''He has a role, which is increasing constantly.''
Bharatiya Janata Party MPs will submit on Friday declarations to the presiding officers of their respective Houses of Parliament, stating that they do not have any illegal money stashed in any foreign bank or tax haven abroad.
Wikileaks reveals embassy said it was important to touch right political bases. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) may not agree, but for the US embassy in New Delhi, the Air India - Boeing aircraft purchase agreement of 2005 was perfect, a scripted plan, jointly executed by its officials and those of the US aircraft manufacturer.
Civil rights activists Sunday demanded the early release of a Chhattisgarh resident arrested on suspicion of being a Maoist sympathiser and allegedly involved in illegal money transfer by the Essar group for the rebels - a claim strongly denied by his supporters. Journalist-activist Lingaram Kodopi was arrested Friday along with contractor B.K. Lala following recent WikiLeaks revelations that Essar was paying "protection money" to Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
Dantewada police on Friday apprehended a contractor, who had allegedly helped the Essar Group to end a deadlock with Maoists over a pipeline issue. The breakthrough came about a year ago when reports of the corporate funding Maoists were exposed. This was before the WikiLeaks revelations of Essar Group paying Chhattisgarh-based rebels
Shashank Shekhar Singh, the Cabinet Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government, assured US Charge d Affaires Peter Burleigh at the time of the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 that Mayawati s opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal was 'rhetoric', and that there will be no change in India s foreign policy if Mayawati became the prime minister.
The opposition today slammed the government on WikiLeaks disclosures with CPI-M saying the main trend of these cables have shown that the government has been "succumbing to American pressures" and BJP accusing it of "completely failing" to grab the opportunity of getting LeT operative David Headley extradited.
American diplomats consider the Indian government unwilling and unable to end the exploitation and victimization of the country s 84 million tribal people according to secret cables released by The Hindu newspaper.
Proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were marred on Thursday by repeated adjournments and uproar as a united Opposition demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh following fresh disclosures alleging bribing of MPs during the July 2008 confidence vote, which the UPA-I government won by a slim majority.
Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange "do not deserve to be treated like common criminals" for upholding "such precious freedom" that does not exist in many countries, a leading Indian journalist said. The US athorities want to charge Assange for revealing state secrets after his website published thousands of documents, including files related to US-led war in Afghanistan and Iraq war and diplomatic cables sent to and from American embassies across glob.
Torture has been routinely used in prisons in Indian-administered Kashmir, a US cable released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks has suggested. The cable, released on Thursday, says that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) had briefed US diplomats on widespread torture in 2005.
Several leading Pakistani newspapers have acknowledged that they were hoaxed, after publishing reports based on fake WikiLeaks cables that contained crude anti-India propaganda. The reports, which featured prominently in several papers on Thursday, cited alleged US diplomatic cables as confirming many right-wing Pakistani views and conspiracy theories about the country's arch enemy India and the disputed Kashmir region.