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India’s Nuclear Expansion

  • Nuclear safety in India: silence on the PAC report

    Nuclear safety in India: silence on the PAC report

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has often claimed that nuclear energy is crucial for the country and his government has announced a massive programme of reactor construction. Leaving aside other problems with this plan, a minimal prerequisite for the safe operation of these new and existing plants is a sound regulatory body. The prime minister would do well to carefully read the recent report from the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the subject.

     
  • Resisting Abe’s Sales Pitch

    Resisting Abe’s Sales Pitch

    Abe’s visit provoked widespread protests against the proposed agreement. There is a confluence of interests here. Exports “of nuclear components and technology, as well as conventional arms” are said to be a key element in Prime Minister Abe economic program, dubbed “Abenomics” by many. This is somewhat reminiscent of the Soviet Union after the Chernobyl disaster, when the Soviet nuclear industry was desperate to improve its image and Soviet leaders were willing to sell nuclear reactors at concessional prices.

     
  • The Power of Promise: Examining Nuclear Energy in India by M V Ramana / Penguin Viking, 2012

    Is Nuclear Power an answer to India’s electricity needs?

    Energy Policy, India's Nuclear Expansion December 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm 0 comments

    To summarize, there is no justifiable case for supporting a large scale expansion of nuclear power in India. Japan’s leaders should face up to this reality as they contemplate entering into nuclear commerce with India.

     
  • Nuclear Power: Incompatible With Democracy?

    Nuclear Power: Incompatible With Democracy?

    When India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in the U.S. last week, he reportedly carried a generous gift: an unlimited number of free lives. To be precise, Singh was ready to promise President Obama that should any of the nuclear reactors that India is planning to buy from U.S. companies ever suffer an accident, they will not have to pay anything in damages.

     
  • India’s Nuclear Capitulation to Washington

    India’s Nuclear Capitulation to Washington

    India's Nuclear Expansion, Nuclear Liability September 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm 0 comments

    In rushing to purchase commercially untested reactors from the United States, New Delhi has glossed over concerns about safety and the scope of suppliers’ liability, while failing to assess profitability in the long run.

     
  • Dilution of Nuclear Liability: Open Letter from Admiral Ramdas to the PM

    Dilution of Nuclear Liability: Open Letter from Admiral Ramdas to the PM

    India's Nuclear Expansion, Nuclear Liability September 19, 2013 at 9:35 pm 0 comments

    PRIME MINISTER’S IMPENDING VISIT TO AMERICA AND IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR NUCLEAR LIABILITY ACT

     
  • Indo-US Nuclear Deal: From Farce to Skullduggery?

    Indo-US Nuclear Deal: From Farce to Skullduggery?

    India's Nuclear Expansion, Nuclear Liability September 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm 0 comments

    Manmohan Singh government is looking to use the ‘manufactured’ opinion of the Attorney-General of India to effectively sabotage a key provision of India’s nuclear liability law that would hold American reactor suppliers liable in the event of an accident caused by faulty or defective equipment.

     
  • The Limited Future of Nuclear Power in India: M V Ramana

    The Limited Future of Nuclear Power in India: M V Ramana

    India's Nuclear Expansion August 21, 2013 at 3:48 pm 0 comments

    With a population that is projected to eclipse China’s by mid-century, and a rapidly increasing demand for electricity, India has difficult choices to make regarding its energy future. But, despite much media hype and continued government patronage, nuclear power is unlikely to contribute significantly to electricity generation in India for several decades. This history and prognosis offers important lessons in thinking about the future of nuclear power globally, especially in countries that are preparing to embark on constructing nuclear reactors.

     
  • India’s nuclear lies exposed

    India’s nuclear lies exposed

    India's Nuclear Expansion August 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm 0 comments

    There is an abysmal degree of ignorance about the status of nuclear power in the country and what the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) does, although in recent times anti-nuclear activists have been engaged in the herculean task of uncovering its programme and educating the public about this. This stems from the deliberate policy of secrecy and disinformation that the nuclear establishment maintains, helped in no small measure by a critical factor: DAE has been under the direct charge of the prime minister ever since it was set up in 1954 in the time of Jawaharlal Nehru who was a passionate proponent of atomic energy and its use as a nuclear deterrent if necessary.

     
  • Is The Next Koodankulam in Gujarat?

    India's Nuclear Expansion, Mithivirdi August 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm 1 comment

    You learn that you are going to lose your farms in the newspaper. You learn that the government has declared your highly fertile, profitable land barren and hence suitable for an American-built nuclear plant. What do you do next? Our writer profiles a determined new resistance on the west coast.

     
  • Nuclear Power in India: Uncertain Future Even After Koodankulam

    Nuclear Power in India: Uncertain Future Even After Koodankulam

    India's Nuclear Expansion July 25, 2013 at 12:39 am 0 comments

    Despite Kudankulam and the Indo-US nuclear agreement, the reality is that India has to depend largely on tapping indigenous sources of natural uranium to fuel its nuclear plants, locate new sites and find funds. In the short term, one Kudankulam does not appear to trigger a rush of participation of big nuclear players in the growth of the sector. Such optimism, especially from the US and France, in fact, seems to have receded in recent times.

     
  • Nuclear Secrecy is a National Threat

    Nuclear Secrecy is a National Threat

    The consequences of leaving nuclear bosses to their own devices are too dangerous to contemplate.

     
  • Can we do without nuclear power in India?

    Can we do without nuclear power in India?

    The debate as to whether nuclear power is a safe, suitable and essential option for India has been going on for many decades. While the proponents of the nuclear power have been offering many arguments in favour of the option, there have been any numbers of issues raised by those who consider it to be not a credible solution to meet the legitimate electricity requirements of our society on a sustainable basis.

     
  • Nuclear Energy in India: A Story of Unkept Promises

    Nuclear Energy in India: A Story of Unkept Promises

    Book Review, India's Nuclear Expansion June 9, 2013 at 11:40 am 1 comment

    The aptness of the book’s title is best illustrated by considering nuclear power generation capacity targets and achievements over time. The target for the year 2000 (set in 1984) was 10,000 MW, but what was achieved was a meagre 1,840 MW or 18% of the target. The Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) of 2006 from the Planning Commission had envisaged a cumulative nuclear capacity of 9,000-11,000 MW operation by 2010, while the reality in 2013 is only half of that at 4,780 MW.

     
  • India and Japan Should Work on Renewables: Lalita Ramdas’ Letter Opposing the Nuclear Agreement

    India and Japan Should Work on Renewables: Lalita Ramdas’ Letter Opposing the Nuclear Agreement

    Lalita Ramdas, an eminent environmental and women’s rights activist and who has also been on the board of Greenpeace International and has been a leading voice of support to the people’s struggles against nuclear energy in India, has wrote this letter to the Prime Ministers of India and Japan and sent the International Appeal against Japan-India Nuclear Agreement to them, along with more than 1750 signatures from all over the world, on our behalf. The twoPrime Ministers are would be meeting in Tokyo on 29th May. Tokyo based groups would stage protest against the meeting.

     
  • Chutka: Tribals and Villagers Rise in protest against Nuclear Project

    Chutka: Tribals and Villagers Rise in protest against Nuclear Project

    Gond tribals and anti-nuclear activists took out a celebratory rally here after a public hearing, scheduled for Friday, on the Chutka Nuclear Power Project was indefinitely postponed by the Mandla Collector.

     
  • No clear reason in the Kudankulam judgment: Praful Bidwai

    No clear reason in the Kudankulam judgment: Praful Bidwai

    The judgment is a string of factual anomalies, logical contradictions and ethical misconceptions. It strenuously denies that nuclear power poses unique hazards, which in the extreme violate the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution.

     
  • India’s Top 60 Scientists Question Koodankulam Safety

    India’s Top 60 Scientists Question Koodankulam Safety

    We, the below-signed (next two pages), are scientists from various disciplines who are concerned about the quality of components and equipment used at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNP) Units 1 & 2. Our concerns arise from recent media reports about the use of substandard components in KKNP 1 & 2, and the revelation at this late stage that four valves in a critical safety system were found defective.

     
  • India’s Breeder Dreams and Realities

    India’s Breeder Dreams and Realities

    India's Nuclear Expansion April 15, 2013 at 11:47 am 0 comments

    M V Ramana | In the projections put out by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), breeder reactors comprise over 90% of the nuclear capacity by mid century. But breeders have been shown to be unreliable in many countries and reliance on such a technology makes it likely that nuclear power will never become a major source of electricity in India.

     
  • DAE’s Secret Report Warned of Earthquakes in Jaitapur

    DAE’s Secret Report Warned of Earthquakes in Jaitapur

    A confidential 2002 report by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) says there is a lineament – a geological feature that can turn out to be a faultline, a crack or even a fissure – running across the Madban plateau in Ratnagiri where the Jaitapur nuclear power plant is to be built.