Director of Center for Environmental Studies, GITAM University here, Prof Shivji Rao has opposed former president Dr Abdul Kalam's view on nuclear power that it not be abandoned for the risks it poses to man.
Prof Rao argued that the nuclear technology in India faces higher levels of failures and risks,"since even advanced economies like USA, Japan and Germany have failed to master the nuclear safety problems".
On Sunday, while interacting with the students of an engineering college at Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu Dr Kalam had said that nuclear power could not be abandoned for the risks it poses to man just "as aircrafts and automobiles have not been abandoned following accidents."
However, in a statement Prof Rao said, "This statement is highly improper in view of the Indian ethos. While automobile and aircraft accidents kill individuals and harm the interests of only one generation, the damaging impacts of nuclear power can ruin interests of several generations of human beings and other forms of life, on which man depends for his survival." "Since even advanced economies like USA, Japan and Germany failed to master the nuclear safety problems, India should refrain from starting new major reactors at Jaitapur in Maharasthra, Bhavnagar in Gujarat and Kovvada in Andhra Pradesh to avoid turning India into a nuclear grave yard," he added.
"Hence the contention of Dr Kalam that India cannot abandon nuclear power because of the safety concerns is highly unethical and immoral and it is opposed to the Gandhian ideology that establishes that science without human concerns is a social evil like knowledge without character and commerce without morality," he said.