Quit Nuclear Power – Part 2: Optimizing use of existing electricity production

The Central Electricity Authority issues an annual report describing the electricity situation of the country. The latest available information is the monthly power supply report for February 2012, which says our total Peak (MW) requirement was 128,680MW, availability was 113,086MW, so we had a shortfall of 15,594MW or 12.1%. Our Energy (MU) requirement was 861,591, availability 788,355 and shortage was 73,236 or 8.5%.  Our requirement during 2010-11 was 122,287MW, availability was 110,256MW, which means a…

"Quit Nuclear Power – Part 2: Optimizing use of existing electricity production"

Get out of the dark ages – Quit Nuclear Power – Part 1: The Cost

Is it time for India to Quit Nuclear Power? Once, US stunned the world with the power of nuclear bombs. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were destroyed, and a messy war abruptly ended. Then, atomic energy could also be used for peaceful purposes! India was a newborn country with little more than a reputation for crippling poverty and a colonial self-image we were clawing out of. But we had a lot of people, and a lot of…

"Get out of the dark ages – Quit Nuclear Power – Part 1: The Cost"

Census Data Houselisting and Housing

Number of Census Houses  Data Type Houselist Item Total No Rural No Urban No Total % Rural % Urban % Census Houses Total number of census houses 330,835,767 220,695,914 110,139,853 100 100 100 Census Houses Total number of vacant census houses 24,672,968 13,579,338 11,093,630 7.5 6.2 10.1 Census Houses Total number of occupied census houses 306,162,799 207,116,576 99,046,223 92.5 93.8 89.9 Number of Occupied Census houses  Data Type Houselist Item Total No Rural No Urban…

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Do the Kudankulam protesters have it all wrong? – Media disinformation in action at FirstPost

Recently, FirstPost, which is a kind of news media thing published an article titled “Why the Kudankulam protesters have it all wrong” which ought to have been an informative thing triggering thought on happenings in the country, etc EXCEPT that it wasn’t what it seemed. The only real point it seemed to make is that Tamil Nadu needs electricity. The rest was emotionalism around it, painting the nuclear plant as the savior that would end…

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Debunking the “Misuse of Dowry Act” misogynist bandwagon

There is this group of men and women on the internet who seem to have a deep and abiding contempt for the Section 498A of the IPC – the Dowry Act. This section of people seem to see the Dowry Act as a weapon evil women use against men. They find nothing illogical in the fact that a woman who has no property to her name and will essentially be rendered stigmatized and alone in…

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Debunking the Myth of the Necessity of Nuclear Energy

There is a prevailing fiction actively promoted by the government that Nuclear Energy is the only way out of the energy crisis for India. Every time I write about issues with nuclear energy, there are people making comments like stay in the dark ages, etc. So let us look at some facts around this scenario. To begin with, before getting into serious data, let me state the overwhelmingly obvious. There are many ways to boil water –…

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