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Economics of Nuclear Power from Heavy Water Reactors, Amulya K N Reddy, M V Ramana, Antonette D'Sa, Economic and Political Weekly April 23, 2005

Using a discounted cash flow methodology, this paper performs a detailed analysis of the current costs of electricity from two of the Department of Atomic Energy`s heavy water reactors. It compares these costs to that from a recently constructed coal-based thermal power plant. The cost so computed is a sensitive function of the discount rate (a measure of the value of capital) used and the results show that for realistic values of the discount rate, electricity from coal-based thermal power stations is cheaper than nuclear energy

The Morality of Designing Nuclear Weapons,

Based on the Presentation to the Panel Discussion organized by the Bangalore Chapter of Indian Scientists against Nuclear Weapons, Raman Research Institute, 22 January 2000. Amulya outlines his criticism of the nuclear weapons programme. Says that “In the ultimate analysis, the issue of nuclear weapons is a moral question.  It is a question of right and wrong, good and evil, ethics.”

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False Assumption of Nuclear Deal  (NUCLEAR ACCORD) , Amulya K N Reddy, Economic and Political Weekly August 27, 2005

A close examination of India`s assumptions from the nuclear agreement reveals that there is no case for nuclear power and there is a fundamental absence of any legitimacy for nuclear weapons

From Auschwitz To Indian Science,

Amulya visited the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau in October 1999. This short article sketches Amulya’s thoughts from Auschwitz to Hiroshima to Pokhran to Indian science.

Indian Science in the Blast from the Nuclear Tests, Published in SEMINAR, No.468 (August 1998) pp. 55-59 with the title “Distortion of Scientific Tradition”.

The nuclear tests of May 11 and 15,1990 created turbulence in India, the sub-continent and the world. In this paper the focus is on the way the nuclear tests have exposed the relationship between Indian science, on the one hand, and Indian society, its state, humanistic tradition, morality and its scientific community on the other.  

India’s Nuclear Tests -- Should they have been carried out? And what next?,

India’s nuclear tests -- should they have been carried out and what next? An update of the presentation made to the Protest Meeting organized by the Centre for Education and Documentation and by the People’s Union of Civil Liberties at the Ashirwad Hall, Bangalore  on 19 May 1998. A short note, starts by highlighting the poverty in India and quoting Gandhi's talisman. Raises issues like “Have the nuclear tests helped Indian science?” and “Are those against tests anti-national?”


The Immorality Of Nuclear Weapons, Keynote Address to the National Convention on Disarmament and Peace, 11 November, 2000, at New Delhi. 

Brings out the uniqueness of nuclear weapons and addresses the associated moral and ethical issues

Lost Innocence Or Brazen Cohabitation?, A letter to the editor , Current Science, October 2001.

This is in response to the editorial (August 2001), which questioned the Indian Academy of Sciences for supporting Pokhran II nuclear bomb tests. Amulya praises the editorial, but writes that its criticism could have gone further.

From Fission to Fusion: The Story of India’s Atomic Energy Programme by M.R. Srinivasan, Viking, New Delhi (2002), Review of Mr. Srinivasan's book 'From fission to fusion' by Amulya.

Appreciates Srinivasan's contribution, but concludes that India's nuclear power programme can be justified only by the fact that it enabled the weapons programme. This in turn has brought neither power nor peace.

The Editor "Current Science", Letter to Editor, Current Science, Nov 1999.

Commenting on an editorial (which in turn was based on an article on the nuclear bomb), Amulya says “Dissent is an essential condition for the health of science.”



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