Be clear on nuclear
Apropos of the report “Russian reactors for Kudankulam to cost double” (December 15), the deal has to be examined critically given the fact that the power pricing is opaque. However, it must be conceded that in almost every aspect, nuclear power plants appear to be the more desirable technology for the future when compared to coal-fired power plants: the cost of generating electricity from nuclear power plants is lower than the cost of generating electricity from coal-fired plants. There is a section of the public which is firmly against nuclear power. But abstaining from from nuclear power generation/use is an incomplete response without any logical alternative being provided. If we look at the complete picture of alternative measures, we will have to endorse the fact that our current and future energy demands have to be met. Given the long gestation period, and our past track-record, the execution of setting up of plant must be time-bound.
An unchanged script
Like many a formulaic Indian movie, new political releases come with different titles but largely unchanged scripts. The Congress party in UPA-I, with lesser seats, earned good reputation, but mislaid the same in UPA-II, despite a far larger tally. It had lost the will to sustain, gave up parliamentary toil in the LS just on adverse arithmetic, and fell to its nadir. After creating legislative impasse for close to two years and a campaign high on promises, the BJP reaped its electoral rewards. Six months down the line, the BJP is proving to be no better. It is as much stuck in the mud in the RS as the Congress was in the LS .The PM is a rare visitor to the Houses as the party finds greater use for him as a pracharak. The economy trundles along. The all-round lack of progress and direction in the government is sought to be muted by it through bringing in one contentious issue after another. The Opposition, by compulsion or design, abets this, much as the BJP had done earlier. What we see now, few months into the NDA government, could well be a rerun of the last years of UPA-II. We seem to have miscalculated that the BJP was elected to power because it claimed to be very capable. It appears that we have now received a replacement no better than the defective Congress. The electorate must henceforth learn to read a political warranty with greater circumspection.
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