Incorporating the Pranab Mukherjee statement was a fine idea, because that supersedes the previous Indian declaration on this subject, which was ABV offering flat out to sign the CTBT along with the Unilateral Moratorium, if the post-POK2 sanctions were avoided/terminated. Well.... the post-POK-2 sanctions are history, so that alone would have been grounds for demanding CTBT signature.
Instead now India is essentially a NWS under NPT definitions. Per everything I have heard the NWS in the NPT do not trade enrichment tech among themselves (yeah, yeah, US-UQ, US-Israel, and PRC-TSP are always exceptions to everything). So nothing very new there. Read Berman/Lantos' panic on this point in the infamous Letter and you'll see this.
Per discussions here, IIRC, the effect of no "enrichment tech" is not any constraint on weapons development, but will decide what types of fuel and reactors India agrees to buy. So offhand, it looks like any enrichment-tech ban means that Russia and France have the inside track since India can go ahead with existing technology reactors and fuel from them, and the US has work to do to change domestic laws, so it makes no real difference to the US (again see the Berman/Lantos/SD letter). IOW, no real loss to India. As long as reproc is allowed, India maintains all the good things equivalent to entry as an NWS NPT member. Again the kgoan thesis comes into play there, no sense in advertising that further until some more events occur in the short term.
And there is NO ban on weapons development or use of domestic U or Pu for strategic purposes, or on building strategic reserves, AFAIK.
In all those senses, as far I can see (AFAICS), this is a CLEAN and UNCONDITIONAL waiver.
Of course, if there is a live supercritical test, it would be good to do that with notification and clear statements of purpose. This is where India's propaganda machine has shown sore need of our skills in the past (maybe for other reasons) but needs to be much more pro-active in future.
The power of a clear statement from a Mantri is seen very clearly, when it is used by Maestros in the art of wringing necks to get "consensus".
Imagine the groggy rizalds and the bleating kiwisheep, 8 to 12 time zones away from their beds, up until 2AM fighting everyone, and then up again by 9 to consult with their govts, back in session at 11, and the drunken Irish, reaching blood dilution levels of 10 percent in their alcohol content, struggling to keep their eyelids open as the Americans and Russians hammered it home: "THE INDIANS HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT, THE INDIANS HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT U DUMMIES, THE INDIANS HAVE ALREADY SAID THAT, U DUMMIES!..." and the French offered soothing solace: "A leettil more champagne, M'sieur? Avec le Smirnoff? A particularly fine year, Chateau L'If 2002?"
It's not for nothing that the CIA practices "debriefing techniques" in Pakistan and Guano Bay. Comes in real handy in situations like these.
(BTW, I just have not understood what was biting the musharrafs of the Irish and the Prussians. What do THEY have against India? Or were they proxies for someone else?)
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