Indian Fukushima possible: Gopal Gandhi

As protests over Koodankulam nuclear plant refuse to die down, former WB governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi said an Indian Fukushima cannot be ruled out.

Updated: Nov 07, 2011, 21:56 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 proejct.

"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

"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.