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Nuclear power: Myths, realities and FAQs

Besides Koodankulam, local communities in Jaitapur, Maharashtra, and Gorakhpur, Haryana, are nixing nuclear power plants in their area. But government continues to maintain they are 100% safe, and that there is no alternative to nuclear energy. Nityanand Jayaraman and G Sundar Rajan dispel misconceptions about the safety of nuclear energy


Why nuclear power is not our gateway to a prosperous future

Physicist Surendra Gadekar’s rejoinder to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Srijan Pal Singh’s case for nuclear energy in their recent article in The Hindu


Twenty years of resistance at Koodankulam

By Patibandla Srikant

Why have the concerns of local communities surrounding the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant gone unaddressed for two decades? Why did a comprehensive environment impact assessment never reach them, and were the mandatory public hearings largely stage-managed?


Nuclear disasters worldwide: 1952-2011

Twenty-five years after Chernobyl and following the recent Fukushima disaster in Japan, a listing of nuclear accidents that have occurred around the world


The multiple costs of India's nuclear ambitions

Areva claims that the European Pressurized Reactors it plans to install at the proposed nuclear plant in Jaitapur will provide “an unequalled safety level”. If so, Areva should be willing to risk its financial health on the safety of its reactors and accept an unlimited amount of liability for accidents, instead of lobbying for a modification in India’s already absurdly low liability caps, argue MV Ramana and Suvrat Raju in the second of our series on rethinking nuclear energy after Fukushima


Nuclear tipping points

By Ajit Thamburaj

Nuclear fission has attracted dissent from the time of its inception. But the Fukushima disaster has pushed the nuclear industry into stormy waters worldwide. Local resistance and anti-nuke pressure will result in cost escalations for new nuclear power plants, possibly halting the current nuclear renaissance