ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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FINANCIAL SYSTEM-Dangerous Disarray

has the department taken people, whether villagers at the sites of its projects or the critical informed public, into confidence. It has sought to hide its misdemeanours behind the cloak of secrecy bestowed on it by the obnoxious Atomic Energy Act and has revelled in the power it gained by its extraordinary political reach, beginning in the Nehru-Bhabha era. Unless the practices of the establishment are open to public scrutiny and audit, such 'accidents will continue to occur, spelling grave potential risks, but also enormous waste of resources and gross inefficiency. And such an opening up will be impossible unless India's nuclear ambitions, for which the 'peaceful' atomic industry provides a cover, are opened up for debate and questioning. Nuclear power, the other reason for mollycoddling the atomic energy establishment, is today an outdated idea everywhere, too expensive because of the complex safety measures which have to be taken.

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