On Jimmy Carter & the “India-US Nuclear Deal”

I have always rather liked Jimmy Carter, who was President of the United States when I first went to Blacksburg from Cambridge in the summer of 1980.  It astonished me, perhaps because I was naiive, to find the depth of animosity against him among my American colleagues.  For example, I remember the late Wilson Schmidt (in one of several kindly gestures towards me until his untimely death) taking me to my first game of College Football — and there singing the Star Spangled Banner with the words “except Carter” added after “home of the brave”.   Of course it was the time of the Iranian hostage crisis which had then seemed to be a debilitating humiliation.

 

Jimmy Carter will need a good biographer to assess him properly, whether now or in years to come, and he may not get one; objective historians are simply too scarce, especially perhaps in America.  Certainly it was undignified of the Democratic Party not to give him any role whatsoever during the recent Convention appointing Barack Obama.

 

In the International Herald Tribune of September 11 2008, President Carter has said about the India-USA nuclear deal:

 

“different interpretations of the same pact can lead only to harsh confrontations if future decisions are made in New Delhi that contravene what has been understood in our country.”

 

 

I flatter myself to think he or his research-staff may have perhaps read my August 19 2007 article “Need for Clarity” available here where I said:

“The agreed text of the “treaty” looks, from a legal standpoint, quite sloppily and hurriedly written ~ almost as if each side has cut and paste its own preferred terms in different places with a nod to the other side…. Through the sloppiness comes scope for different interpretations. The Americans have said: try not to test, you don’t need to, we don’t test any more, and you have to know that if you do test, this deal is over, in fact it gets reversed. We have said, okay, we won’t test, and if we do test we know it is over with you but that does not mean it is over with others. Given such sloppy diplomacy and treaty-making, the scope for mutual misunderstanding, even war, remains immense long after all the public Indian moneys have found their way into private pockets worldwide. Will a future President Jeb Bush or Chelsea Clinton send F-22 bombers to bomb India’s nuclear facilities because India has carried out a test yet declined to return American equipment? Riding a tiger is not something generally to be recommended.”

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My books in the Library of Congress and British Library

Six volumes are listed in the United States Library of Congress in Washington DC under my name <http://www.loc.gov&gt;.   For convenience, these are given with their call numbers below.   

 [ 1 ]  Roy, Subroto  

Foundations of India’s political economy : towards an agenda for the 1990s / editors, Subroto Roy, William E. James.  1992

ACCESS: Jefferson or Adams Bldg General or Area Studies Reading Rms

 CALL NUMBER: HC435.2 .F68 1992

 

[ 2 ] Roy, Subroto

Foundations of Pakistan’s political economy : towards an agenda for the 1990s / editors, William E. James, Subroto Roy.  1992

ACCESS: Jefferson or Adams Bldg General or Area Studies Reading Rms

CALL NUMBER: HC440.5 .F59 1992

 

[ 3 ]  Roy, Subroto

Margaret Thatcher’s revolution : how it happened and what it meant /edited by Subroto Roy and John Clarke.  2005

[ 4 ] Roy, Subroto

Roy, Subroto. Philosophy of economics : on the scope of reason in economic inquiry / Subroto Roy. 1991

[ 5 ]  Roy, Subroto

Roy, Subroto. Philosophy of economics : on the scope of reason in economic inquiry / Subroto Roy.  1989

ACCESS: Jefferson or Adams Bldg General or Area Studies Reading Rms

 

CALL NUMBER: HB72 .R69 1989

 

[ 6 ] Roy, Subroto

Roy, Subroto. Pricing, planning, and politics : a study of economic distortions in India / Subroto Roy.  1984 

ACCESS: Jefferson or Adams Bldg General or Area Studies Reading Rms

 

CALL NUMBER: HC435.2 .R66 1984

 

The British Library in London http://catalogue.bl.uk, has the same titles under 9 listings as below:

1  Foundations of India’s political economy : 1992.  96/06669 DSC  ORW.1993.a.1142

 

2  Foundations of Pakistan’s political economy : 1992.  YC.1993.a.2144  ORW.1994.a.1019

 

3 Foundations of Pakistan’s political economy : 1992. 93/06010 DSC

 

4 Margaret Thatcher’s revolution : 2005. SPIS.320.941

 

5. Roy, Subroto. Philosophy of economics : 1989. 8458.S.1/92

 

6 Roy, Subroto. The philosophy of economics : 1989. 89/23299 DSC

 

7  Roy, Subroto. Philosophy of economics : 1989 YK.1991.a.5102

 

8 Roy, Subroto. Pricing, planning and politics : 1984. X.0519/26

 

9 Roy, Subroto. Pricing, planning and politics : 1984. 6217.450000 No.69 DSC

(The difference may have been caused by different editions or reprints being listed, for example the volume on Pakistan was published in Karachi too.)