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Nuclear liability

The government is unabashedly espousing the cause of the foreign, especially American, nuclear industry on the nuclear liability bill (“This is no way to write a law”, Aug. 25). After the concern expressed by those in the government on the Bhopal tragedy, it is strange to hear the government justifying letting the foreign nuclear suppliers off the hook. The sheer size of the Indian nuclear power market should alter the kind of free access that American nuclear suppliers enjoy elsewhere in the world.

N. Sekar,

Salem

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Thanks to Siddharth Varadarajan and others who have been writing about how our lawmakers are trying to manipulate the nuclear liability bill. Of course, we also have the other side being touted by some who believe we will collapse as a nation if those nuclear reactors are not wheeled in right away at any cost.

The recent verdict on the Bhopal gas tragedy, which gave minor sentences to several Union Carbide officials, is a clear pointer as to what our fate will be if a nuclear accident takes place under the proposed bill.

Sreedevi Lakshmikutty,

The Netherlands

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If the state-run, public-funded nuclear operator becomes the guarantor of compensation in case of liabilities, the affected Indian public will in effect be paying compensation to themselves while the foreign suppliers go scot-free with their interests intact.

Neha Singh,

Gurgaon

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