The NYT editorial shows what has gone wrong with the cocooned thinking of American Left, just of India's Left Front. The Left Front of India thinks that America is an imperial power that India touch. The American Left thinks exactly the same way that USA is the superpower with the right bulldoze India remotely without touching.
NYT's concern is not nuclear proliferation as much as to beat President Bush. NYT cannot think that one-sixth of humanity in India would like to feel as secured with nuclear bombs as the less than third of that number of humans residing in USA.