India's nuclear programme: trust abroad but not at home

Wong, Catherine Mei Ling (2012) India's nuclear programme: trust abroad but not at home. Al Jazeera, 3 November 2012.

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[Extract] Even as trust in India's nuclear power programme in the international arena grows steadily, trust on its domestic front has been eroding over the last few decades.

Since the 1-2-3 Agreement between India and the US in 2005, the UK, Canada, Russia, France, South Korea, Kazakhstan and even Namibia have signed civilian nuclear co-operation agreements with India to export uranium and nuclear technology.

Australia too, with the world's largest known uranium resource, is now in the cusp of finalising a deal to export the commodity to India.

On the home front however, it is quite a different picture. Protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu, India's largest so far, first started in 1988 with no more than 1,000 villagers turning up at a rally in Tirunelveli. This number has now snowballed to nearly 10,000 men, women and children in the most recent protests that turned violent on September 10.

Item ID: 33048
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2016 02:13
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160808 Sociology and Social Studies of Science and Technology @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics @ 20%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8504 Energy Transformation > 850403 Nuclear Energy @ 30%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950408 Technological Ethics @ 30%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis @ 40%
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