Indian Fukushima possible: Gopal Gandhi

On Koodankulam nuclear plant protests, former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Monday said an "Indian Fukushima" cannot be ruled out.

Updated: Nov 07, 2011, 23:52 PM IST

New Delhi: As protests over the
Koodankulam nuclear plant refuse to die down, former West
Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Monday said an "Indian
Fukushima" cannot be ruled out and government needs to
convince people about safety aspects of the project.

"There have been over 20 earthquakes in September
alone in different parts of the country. Safety of a nuclear
reactor can never be proved or disproved as nature is
unpredictable.

"Whatever measures we take, we can`t say for sure what
happened in Japan would not happen in India," the former
governor said delivering a lecture on `India 2021- Hazarding
Guesses, Guessing Hazards` here.

Before continuing with the Koodankulam project, the
government needs to first convince the people that the
human factor has been taken into consideration, he said.

"Nature is not the only factor we need to take into
consideration. Terror is another challenge to nuclear projects
in the country," said Gandhi, also a former diplomat and
grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He said there was a need for a
rethink about the nuclear sector.

Talking about Anna Hazare`s anti-corruption movement,
Gandhi said the social activist had won the support of
thousands of youngsters as they were "disillusioned" with the
government.

"Youngsters are disillusioned. They want change. They
want a new face, a new leadership. In the 2014 and 2019
elections, these people will pose a huge challenge to our
crorepati MPs and MLAs," he said.

PTI