The U.S.-India civil nuclear energy agreement triggered a contentious debate in India from 2005 to 2008. Regional political actors played crucial and unanticipated roles in the debate. We present explanations for the positions adopted by the main actors and the level of contention. We find that parties’ positions were driven not by ideology but by the compulsions of coalition politics.
Karthika Sasikumar and Gilles Verniers. "The India-US Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Explaining the Contentious Indian Debate" Asian Survey (2013): 679-702. doi:10.1525/as.2013.53.4.679