Modi Govt’s Undermining of Liability Law: Journey from Bhopal Disaster to Nuclear Disaster

Modi Govt’s Undermining of Liability Law: Journey from Bhopal Disaster to Nuclear Disaster

Gopal Krishna | How much compensation should Indians get as compensation for nuclear damage—Rs 2400 crores Or Rs 7844 crores Or Rs 19,785 crores Or Rs 50,000 crores Or Rs 1.14 lakh crores Or Rs 6.4 lakh crores Or Rs 8.3 lakh crores Or Rs 60,000 crores?

 

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