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? Would it not make economic and technological sense to use the same design in a new plant? The answer lies, one would suppose, in the realm of finance. Clearly, India would not have been able to obtain funds for a new nuclear plant from any country or institution, even before the sanctions, without an arrangement for technology transfer. Worldwide the nuclear industry is in the throes of a downward spiral and the demand for nuclear power plants has not picked up after the 1980s crisis. For countries like Russsia, which has recently formed a unit to export nuclear technology, the Russian Atom Corporation, it is a desperate measure. India's adamancy about pursuing the nuclear power programme is as much a prestige issue as it is linked to the non-power outcomes of nuclear power generation. And if the Indian atomic technologists have to swallow their pride and accept what is universally acknowledged as a less efficient design of a power plant, it is all in the name of nationalism so that the country can cock a snook at the nuclear west.

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