… nothing has changed
Unlike other nuclear powers, India seems to have the most diverse types of nuclear reactors in the world. India has mastered almost every type of nuclear reactor technology, (thanks to bureaucrats love for foreign trips and bribes). Yet, Manmohan Singh, citing lack of domestic supply of nuclear fuel, made deals for very expensive nuclear reactors. Not only that, one nuclear reactor, which was abandoned by Canadian collaborators after the 1975 nuclear test and later made critical (functional) by Indian scientists without Canadian help, was also shut down.
Now, Modi has completed land acquisition for the biggest and most expensive nuclear power plant in the world. This is happening when India is a power surplus nation and when lakhs of crores of government bank loans are tied up as NPAs in hyperbolically named “super mega thermal power plants.”
Recent state elections have shown that Modi is doomed as far 2019 elections are considered. It seems that in order to make the foreign-made EVMs work “properly” in BJP’s favor, Modi is in a terrible hurry to close the Jaitapur power plant deal.
I saw the original cartoon in US weekly at the American Center Library in Chennai. It was set in the Reagan deregulation era. I couldn’t control my laughter when I read it. This Reptilian News cartoon though is no laughing matter. As you can see I didn’t put much effort in it. It breaks my heart to draw something like this.