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Quick Edit | Nuclear sense

Quick Edit | Nuclear sense
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First Published: Wed, Dec 29 2010. 11 44 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Dec 29 2010. 11 44 PM IST
When we look back at the big issues that dominated public discourse in India this decade, the conflict between economic and strategic interests on the one hand and environmental activism on the other is certain to be on the list. In standing by its clearance for the Jaitapur nuclear power project, the environment ministry has infused a degree of pragmatism into this debate . Nuclear power is crucial for India if it is to end its reliance on finite, unclean fuels and achieve energy security. The Jaitapur project could be a crucial element in that process. And while a project of this magnitude is bound to upset several interests—as the Tata Institute of Social Sciences’ report and opposition parties’ resistance shows—these alone should not be sufficient reason to scuttle it. In this, the ministry has done well; in the coming decade, such pragmatism should extend to other arenas of conflict.
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First Published: Wed, Dec 29 2010. 11 44 PM IST