Kennedy an unsung hero of Indo-US N-Deal?

September 1st, 2009 - 6:51 pm ICT by IBNS  

By Rick Roy

Sep 1 (IBNS) The portrayal of Senator Edward Kennedy, who passed away last week, as an “unsung hero” of the Indo-US nuclear deal has been put to question by an Indian-American Republican leader.

Dallas-based Ashok Mago, chairman of US-India Forum, in a statement, said: Senator Kennedy was instrumental to get more than 300 bills to be enacted into law. We wish US-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act was one of them.

Mago was one of the key Indian American leaders to have played a significant role in mobilising the support for the Indo-US civilian nuclear bill at the Capitol Hill.

In the previous week, Ramesh V Kapur, an Indian American Democratic leader-based in Boston, had made it clear that Kennedy was the “unsung hero” of the nuclear deal, since he did not come out in open did not lobby against it.

Mago added: It is amazing for someone to characterise Senator Kennedy as an individual who did things half-heartedly. Kennedy was one among the 11 Senators who voted against the nuclear bill during the Lame Duck Session of the Congress on November 16, 2006. One may and may not agree with Senator Kennedy’s beliefs let us remember him as who he was, a great legislator and a compassionate human being who did great things for many.

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