India’s Chernobyl

There are no doubts in the importance and utility of nuclear power but it requires a responsible attitude from the authorities concerned with this sector. Any irresponsibility and lack of attention can create havoc like Chernobyl. Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear reactor accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union).It resulted in a severe release of radioactivity following a massive power excursion that destroyed the reactor. Most deaths from the accident were caused by radiation poisoning. 56 direct deaths occurred whereas 800,000 suffered radiation exposure leading to cancer related deaths. The radioactive release of the Chernobyl event is claimed to be 300 or 400 times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The radioactivity released at Chernobyl tended to be more long lived than that released by a bomb detonation. So even without using atomic bomb this technology can eliminate thousands of people through radiation exposure.

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Risks of Proliferation and Indian Nukes

On 25th November 2009 an extremely crazy and dangerous incident took place at the Kaiga Nuclear Power Station at Karnatakas Uttara Kannada District, in India. It clearly pointed to a grave Indian security lapse regarding the safe custody of nuclear material. As per details, a cooler of drinking water was found contaminated with Tritium, which is a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen. Tritium is used in preparation of nuclear weapons and can cause damage to human body cells on consumption. Reportedly over 50 employees were hospitalized due to consumption of contaminated water. Since two of the contaminated employees were seriously affected, therefore they are still hospitalized. Indian authorities and media are focusing on a possible act of sabotage by an insider who was supposedly able to steal a vile of Tritium and mix it with drinking water at the installation. Such a possibility cannot be ruled out as Indian workers in different organizations and service institutions are badly maltreated as part of Indian culture and social order where the elite class is considered the most privileged while the workers are treated with contempt and disdain. An inner conflict and self injury might have led an insider employee to undertake such a criminal act but there is likely to be a more sinister design behind this apparent local incident. However, Indian spin masters are not likely to let the incident pass without using it as an effective item of propaganda against their arch rival Pakistan.

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