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1...2...3...But Where To?

One, Two, Three…we are off! But where to? The electronic media stuttered ecstatic hyperbole in its reaction to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) at last agreeing to give India its “waiver”. The “Victory in Vienna” is said to end the “nuclear apartheid” Indians have been groaning under for more than three decades. Pranab Mukherjee, with a smile he could hardly repress, read out a formal statement on TV that now at last we can gain “energy security”. (He hastened to add that this will also mitigate climate change.)

Everyone in India would have a right to rejoice if the external affairs minister’s statement were true, but unfortunately, despite all the disinformation spread by the nuclear lobby, it is not. Power generated by civilian reactors contribute a very small part to the total supply, at a true economic cost that has never been made public, let alone debated. In this country, as in other nuclear power countries, the socalled peaceful use of atomic energy is used to pull a very a thin mask over the real desire for a nuclear weapons programme.

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