It appears that nuclear power generation continues to be a controversial subject. Is it really so? Recent Supreme Court Judgement dismissing several special leave petitions against the Kudankulam NUclear Power Plant, accorded judicial sanctity to setting up nuclear power plants in the country.
Is there a way to gauge the attitude of public to nuclear power plants? On November 6, 2011 Dr Abdul Kalam and Shri Srijan Pal Singh wrote an essay titled “Nuclear power is our gateway to a prosperous future” in The Hindu. It is one of the most exhaustive essays ever written on nuclear power with special reference to India.
The article received a tsunami of over 300 comments .Over 260 of them in the first three days. It appeared that people were waiting for such an article. The comments revealed that about 72 % support nuclear power; 18 % have reservations and 10% were fence sitters. This overwhelming support to nuclear power when the atmosphere was vitiated by the prolonged and sustained agitation over the setting up of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant indicates the need for giving accurate information to public at large. Apart from the facts and figures contained in the essay and their logical and lucid presentation, the respect and esteem which public associate with Dr Kalam also must have been a reason for support.
Nuclear waste management is one of the topics that need further explanation. Fence sitters adopted that posture mostly because of lack of information
Those nuclear enthusiasts wanting to communicate with public must read the article of Dr Kalam and Shri Singh, analyze the reactions of the readers and include appropriate content for enhancing the effectiveness of their efforts.