Now that the government has proposed to let the foreign suppliers of equipment off the hook under the civil nuclear liability bill, the future Warren Andersons need not panic. Our leaders need not be discreet in helping their capitalist bosses. As far as the fate of the Indian masses is concerned, they will continue to live like their compatriots in Bhopal, if a disaster strikes.
Those who oppose the nuclear liability bill often cite the Bhopal tragedy. No doubt, a blast in a nuclear reactor could be more disastrous than what happened in Bhopal. But what we have to keep in mind is that the Bhopal plant was allowed to operate with the least, rather no, safety systems in place.
Modern nuclear plants have a host of computer-controlled safety features. To be prepared for any eventuality, we should have disaster management techniques and insurance policies in place. No equipment supplier will come forward to meet all our requirements.
R. Venkita Giri,