India is a good host. That may partly explain the country’s desire to buy from France’s Areva two nuclear reactors of a type known as EPR. The Economist points out in a recent article that only two of these reactors are under construction in the world, with one in Finland being “dogged by quality and regulatory problems”.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh championed the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement that saw the country entering an exclusive nuclear club, has cheered as the Nuclear Power Corp. of India Ltd signed deals with firms from Russia and, now, France, and tends to view personally any criticism of the country’s nuclear march. The alacrity and aggressiveness are welcome in a country where decisions usually take years. Only, in decisions such as these, where the fallout could be felt by the next generation, India would do well to assess all choices before signing off.