Comments on: An atom of doubt at the Kudankulam nuclear power plant Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sruthisagar Sat, 21 Jul 2012 04:24:55 +0000 This is the first time that the nuclear establishment is openly accepting that the core of plant does contain welds. When the activists raised this issue few months back, there was stoic silence on part of the scientists.

However, the article fails to ask certain fundamental questions. How can an agreement as important as this be based on “futuristic thinking?” So will these scientists strike a deal for flying saucers and stuff like that if some Russian company proposes? And then come back and say,” No. The flying part was not possible so we bought just the saucer.”

The callousness with which the scientist has replied is condemnable. Apart from the aspect of security itself, the plant has been the locus of some of the worst anti-democratic crackdown in the country. Thousands have been booked for sedition and other grave charges just for standing up against the State.

Energy out of this plant might power lights across the country but it is moving citizens into dark ages by ridiculing democratic values.

By: TKSMURTHY Sat, 21 Jul 2012 02:37:21 +0000 Public having doubts regarding safety of nuclear reactors is understandable and in a way should be welcome. In this report I see an observation, “India’s nuclear program in its early years was an epitome of national pride as most of the technology was domestically developed.” The author of the doubts seems to be concentrating only on imported reactors. This implicit faith in Indian reactor technology and safety aspects is commendable. At the same time I would like to ask, “On what grounds this implicit faith developed?” I don’t want to hint that Indian designs are faulty. I only want to stress that Indian designers are excellent and they take care of all safety aspects. Over the years, one can agree, they have only become more experienced and learnt many more things. NPCIL as the nodal agency is the one which is still in the field and still constructing reactors, which the author underwrites as safe. Only this group is accepting foreign designs and after an examination. Why do the same people now not accept their judgement in this respect?

Does Dr. Subba Rao, who seems to be an expert on all matters nuclear also underwrite all Indian designed reactors that were built as safe in all respects?

By: GSPatil Tue, 17 Jul 2012 13:06:20 +0000 All that NPCIL should do is make public all the documents pertaining to nuclear safety as in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, stress tests on Russia’s nuclear reactors have been conducted and a report was prepared by the state agencies concerned.

The report was presented to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev , at a state council meeting on June 9, 2011. The report is remarkable for its extraordinary candour.

The report revealed that Russia’s atomic reactors are grievously under-prepared for both natural and man-made disasters ranging from floods to fires to earthquakes or plain negligence.

The findings in the report are ominous for the Russian VVER 1000 nuclear reactors at Koodankulam in Tamilnadu. The people’s movement against Koodankulam nuclear plant should not be brushed aside on political grounds. (Courtesy – Captain BK Subbarao)