What comes to mind are the immortal lines of Y.B.Yeats from his famous poem The Second Coming, “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” India’s political elites are reinforcing their rhetoric favoring nuclear energy whilst far more advanced countries with far greater awareness and skills and expertise are admitting their own flawed faith in the past and are brusquely turning away.
By any reckoning, the stunning decision by Japan to turn away conclusively and for ever from nuclear power ought to come as an eye-opener for India’s political class. Japan’s decision is an admission of defeat in mastering the formidable skills needed to unleash the demonic nuclear energy while ensuring the safety of human lives. With all its mastery of physics, japan is confessing that it lacks confidence it knows sufficiently enough science.
This will send tsunami waves into the realm of energy security. Japan is an advanced country, which contributed significantly to the development of advanced technology to harness nuclear power. It would no more have the impetus for undertaking such R&D. ( The same is going to be the case with Germany and France as well.) Far more important, the global energy scene is no more going to be the same. The future emphasis is doubtless going to be on renewable energy.
The good, old study by the UN’s climate change science body on renewable energy is going to be dusted up and made the Bible for crafting the energy policies of the advanced countries. It is time for India’s energy security czars to be in sync with the emergent realities of energy security when powerful economies like Germany, Japan, Italy and France have reset their compass of energy security.
A bouquet of red roses to the veteran communist leader V S Achuthandandan! He should undertake an early visit to Kudankulam. We desperately need fresh thinking. Political “realism” cannot be the yard stick when it comes to the security of human lives. VS is an immensely experienced leader and is hugely charismatic to lead the poor fishing communities.
The chilling reality is that this is a turf where we know so little, which is why the best are increasingly lacking conviction. Read this spine-chilling account of how the Chernobyl region looked 25 years after the disaster in 1986. It should be made compulsory reading for India’s political class.
Posted in Politics.
– September 15, 2012