The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will be visiting Tokyo next month. One of the key agenda during the visit would be to finalise the agreement for supply of nuclear technology from Japan to India, which will help set up nuclear power plants in Jaitapur and Kovvada, being imported from France and the US.
Thus, all that is wrong today in Kashmir, the “lifelong obsession” of Barkha Dutt, are its people. Of course, she is enamoured by the beauty of Dal Lake and Gulmarg, by green meadows and mountains. But what troubles her about Kashmir is the “horror of militancy” and “mistakes” by India. There are killings, indeed, but only those done by militants. No mention of massacres done by Indian Army.
Despite and perhaps directly resulting from the unending crisis in Fukushima, Japan is now aggressively pursuing nuclear supply agreements with emergent nuclear nations across Asia and the Middle East.
Japan, one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries, could not prevent Fukushima. And India, a country where millions still live below the poverty line, a country with a poor record of safety and corporate responsibility – witness the Bhopal tragedy of 1984, with people still waiting for any compensation, still waiting for decontamination of the site – is happy to accept this failed technology.
Protests were organised today in Turkey, UK and Japan in solidarity with the country-wide protest of farmers and fisherfolk during the Japanese PM’s visit, against the India-Japan nuclear agreement.