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Nuclear Power in India

Energy security for a country as large as India can only be provided by a diversified portfolio and this has to include nuclear power. While India is amongst the top 10 countries of the world in terms of production of electricity by hydro, coal, oil and gas, it is nowhere near the top 10 with respect to nuclear power generation. For a large country like India, this is an anomaly in need of correction. We hope the winds of change now blowing will enable India to correct this anomaly.

Challenge and Opportunity

The Indo-US nuclear deal is both an opportunity and a challenge to India. It promises to end India's nuclear isolation and pave the way for this sector to play a greater role in energy security. It will not compromise in any way the country's defence security. The challenge lies in separating civilian and military facilities, as called for in the agreement, at least cost. In the power sector, this will mean preventing any erosion in self-reliance and enabling the domestic nuclear industry to utilise its competitive advantages to build on imported reactor technology.
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