ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Ecology and Nuclear Power

According to press reports, the union government is about to spend a few hundred crore of rupees on the pretext. Money will be burnt with great eclat. Economists, fond of social cost-benefit analysis in other contexts, will perhaps make themselves scarce if asked to do an objective appraisal of the net benefits of the expenditure about to be undertaken ostensibly to remind the nation what a noble colossus its first prime minister was. Nothing should be more scandalous, since economists, when they enter their profession, supposedly pledge themselves to a version of the Hippocratic oath. Just as linguists too do. And yet, there are few linguists in the country who would be willing to come forward to dissect the semantics of the Indian 'Peace-Keeping' Force in Sri Lanka. It is not just a syndrome of my-hero- right-or-wrong or my-country-right-or- wrong. The old Isolation Paradox is at work. Since none others feel obliged to observe any more the social contract, why should linguists or economists behave any differently?

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