Problems with the Japan-India Nuclear Agreement
Senior Researcher, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), INDIA
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English
The newly-elected Indian Prime Minister will soon be visiting Tokyo to finalise a nuclear supply agreement with Japan. This deal has been long pending despite immense pressure from the nuclear industry inside Japan, and also the nuclear lobbies of the US and France.
In India, there is strong opposition at the grassroots’ level against the government's efforts to impose new nuclear projects. The most vulnerable people in India–villagers, farmers, fisherfolk, women and children– are resisting this nuclear expansion. The government has been bulldozing everything that stands in the way of setting up new reactors – undermining and diluting safety norms, curtailing transparency, pushing through environmental clearances, neglecting the adverse economics of these projects, brutally crushing grassroots democratic dissent, and trying to exempt the nuclear suppliers from liability.
Also, the deal would become the final seal of legitimacy for India's nuclear weapons and might further fuel the nuclear arms race in South Asia. An import-based civilian nuclear industry would free up India's domestic uranium reserves exclusively for weapons.
Concerned people in both India and Japan have been opposed to the nuclear agreement. When PM Abe visited India earlier this year, hundreds of people participated in demonstrations and protest all over the country.
Kumar Sundaram is Senior Researcher of the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), a coalition of more than 600 peace movements and civil society groups in India which came together after the 1998 nuclear tests. He holds a M.Phil in International Relations at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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