Tactics of coercion by PRAFUL BIDWAI

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s visit to Jaitapur failed to quell public misgivings about the nuclear power project.

WHAT was the purpose of Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s first-ever visit to the controversial Jaitapur nuclear project site on the Konkan coast on February 26? If it was to acquaint himself with the many criticisms, apprehensions and questions the area’s residents have about the safety of the project with six 1,650 MW reactors, then Chavan did not succeed. He did not listen with patience and humility to its opponents to understand why they have fought the project for four years. Rather, he talked down to them, told them what was best for them, and admonished them not to be misled by “outsiders” and “foreign powers” that do not “want to see India progress”.

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