LETTERBOX (Vol 1 No. 2)

In this column we present excerpts from some of the letters we received in the last two months. We are very grateful for any comments, quries and criticisms. All suggestions are carefully discussed and we want to encourage our readers to write to us so that Anumukti really becomes a forum for a wide network of anti-nuclear activists.

Long live Anumukti What a good idea!

L. C. Jain.

Milap Vatica

19 C|UA Jawahar Nagar,

Delhi 110007.

Reads well and easily and the statement of ob-jectives is clear and concise. It fills a much felt need for information on an issue about which open debate has been prevented by a modern fatalism.

Kishore Saint.

The Ashoka Foundation, ll-A, Fatehpura, Udaipur 313 001.

It had only 20 pages Quite disappointing. Hope it will pick up. An appeal for funds may be made in the 2nd issue.

S. K. De

Friends Rural Centre Rasulia, Hoshangabad-461 001.

Congratulations on the attractive Anumukti. I do have very many queries and comments…. The
quality of printing is excellent, so the errors are ‘original’, i.e., in the MSS

Whenever you have free space left, you can provide concise information regarding nuclear plants in existence in the country, in neighboring countries, elsewhere; planned plants; information about individual accidents and their consequences; list of interesting readings in the subject or related readings (e.g., the last issue of National Geographic which has an article on Chernobyl; Richard Jefferies’ novel from the end of he 19th century. After London, Oxford Classics which provides a powerful preview of a world ruined by man’s ‘progress’; of Huxley’s Ape and Essence (1948), a horrifying dystopian prophecy, written right after World War II, projecting forward to a world after World War III; etc.)

Sudhakar Marathe

Dept of English

University of Hyderabad

Golden Threshhold Hyderabad.

It is encouraging to see such a journal in India, where there has been such a surprising lack of debate and controversy about nuclear power and (even rather little attention to nuclear explosives.)

Jim Forest

International Fellowship of


38 Spoorstraat, 1815 BK

Alkamar, Holland

Regarding the Anumukti format It is good that at last a linkage has been established among Indian anti-nuke activists. But I feel that the magazine’s format has to be changed. Long articles like the one written by me should not be published. At best, a short half page condensation should have been sufficient with a note at the end to contact the author for a detailed article. Contact addresses of all should be given without fail. The purpose of the magazine is to strenghen the link. I feel there should be a separate editor for every issue and he should write an editorial. It could be cyclic.

Nagesh Hegde

CANE, 138, 5th Cross, 1st Phase J. P. Nagar,

Bangalore 560 078.

How one wishes that nuclear energy was never discovered! But persuit of science is relentless and it is basically amoral. Once man discovered fire, it was up to him or her to use it for cooking or heating or for burning down the whole of a Khandava Vana as was done under the supervision of Arjun and Krishna of the Geeta fame! Now with the discovery of atomic energy, we might have come a long way but the basic dilemma of science persists. Unfortunately for us, all sources of energy, fire, wind, coal, oil, steam and electricity have political implications. History is replete with instances to prove a general statement that those communities and countries which were negligent in mastering energy were either wiped out or had to become subservient to those who had learnt to master it. India’s history is in no way different. We lost to the British not because we lacked in bravery, but because we had not the fire-power the British troops had nor the organisational and technical discipline that the Western scientific knowledge had generated in those days.

As the strategic implications of having and not having nuclear power at our disposal are too obvious, I need not dwell on them at length, If and only if. China, Russia, Pakistan and India sign a nuclear free zone agreement, would T be willing to insist together with you on our government to stop

developing nuclear weaponary. But for any suggestion of this kind from India to be taken serious note of, India will have to develop its own nuclear capability. Moreover would it not be just criminal on the part of any government to order its army to march against an enemy who can destroy not their lines of supply alone but their supply basis within a few seconds? Personally speaking 1 would prefer India prepared to get destroyed together with the enemy to India living in slavery for another thousand years.

Your objection is, if I have guessed correctly, basic, that is you are against the splitting of the atom. I think it is too late in the day to lake that position. It is like trying to unscramble an egg. I live in the hope that scientists will find some way to separate nuclear energy from its attendant destructive elements; that they will know how to control the BRAMHASTRA, they have invoked.

Today you and your friends are striving for a “non-nuclear” India. Tomorrow there,might dawn the age of the super conductor, heralding a new epoch of technology with its own package of side effects. USA, USSR and Japan have already

reached the threshold. It will again have tremendous political implications. Should we then insist on a non-super conductor India? Science, especially modern science, will not allow any country to put the sign of “no entry” on its portals.

However, let me congratulate you on your bold effort to demystify the nuclear issue. That will show the pitfalls and prevent the government from taking the whole nation for a ride.

N. G. Goray

5511, Aylesboro Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15217