Nuclear Power: Achilles Heel of Narendra Modi Part III

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By Buddhi Kota Subbarao*      Part I    II      

Modi Needs To Understand Obama

In his weekly address to the nation (May 31, 2014), US President Barack Obama said, “One of the best things we can do for our economy, our health and our environment is to lead the world for cleaner, safer energy. We are already generating more cleaner energy than ever before. Thanks in part the investment we made in the recovery act. The electricity America generates from wind has tripled and from sun it increased more than tenfold. In fact, every four minutes another American home or business goes solar. Every panel is pounded in the place by a worker whose job cannot be shipped overseas. We are wasting less energy too.”

Video: Obama defends his boldest step for a low-carbon economy yet”, Bloomberg, 2nd June 2014

Hope Narendra Modi cares to read carefully the above cited weekly address of Obama and understand where the United States is heading on the energy front.

If according to Barack Obama, every four minutes another American home or business is going solar, why should India invest heavily on nuclear electricity – amounting to more than 5 lakh crore rupees? Why India should not commit all that money to solar, wind, hydro, bio-fuels and on plans for conservation of electricity? If the dangerous nuclear electricity path is abandoned and the money is diverted to solar, wind, hydro, and bio-fuels will it not immensely improve employment opportunities in India, apart from realising safe and clean electricity production?

The record shows, US is not a reliable party to honour the long term agreement in the nuclear field. Under a long term agreement the United States was to supply nuclear fuel to Tarapur Nuclear Power Plant for the entire life of the plant. But after India conducted its first nuclear test in 1974 (Pokhran-1), US declined to supply the nuclear fuel to Tarapur on the pretext that subsequent to India's nuclear test the US Law Makers passed a law to prevent nuclear fuel supply to India. With such experience with US, India should be wary of any long term deal with that country including the high end defence deals because at the spur of a moment US is prone to impose sanctions and stringent export control laws. India should think twice before making any deals with the United States in the nuclear and defence fields.

If the United States and Japan are striving to keep nuclear power as a necessary component of their energy plan, it is not because nuclear power is a necessary component of their energy plan, but only to hold the potential buyers of nuclear power plants under the false and ill-founded impression that nuclear power has to remain as a necessary component of energy mix to combat carbon emissions and global warming. It is time Indians woke up to this reality. India is blessed with rivers, sunshine and wind from three sides – Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. It is these natural resources that should guide the energy plan for India. Harnessing water resources will fetch not only electricity, but also irrigation, drinking water and navigation.

If corruption in India is mostly in the singular dimension of money, the corruption in the United States is multi-dimensional as Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal puts it in his , Institute for Political Economy, column July 7, 2014:

“The corruption in present-day America is total. Psychologists and anthropologists serve war and torture. Economists serve globalism and US financial hegemony. Physicists and chemists serve the war industries. Physicists and computer geeks serve NSA. The media serves the government and the corporations. The political parties serve the six powerful private interest groups that rule the country.”

That should help Indians in knowing what to shun and what to adopt from Americans. It is true there is much to adopt from the Americans. While adopting American creative pursuits in building knowledge and wealth, the guiding principle should emerge from the answers to the questions – when Internet made knowledge available to everyone in the world why should wealth be allowed to get accumulated with a few? Is it not just and fair to equate effort and comfort , unmindful of which ism it is – capitalism, socialism or communism? Should not humanity rise as a whole to demand that this equation should become universal law?


* Buddhi Kota Subbarao is former Indian Navy Captain with Ph.D. in nuclear technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and practising advocate of Supreme Court of India. His e-mail address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write(''); document.write(addy_text13175); document.write('<\/a>'); //-->\n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



JULY 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 12


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