India’s Nuclear Expansion: Economics and Liability I 6PM I 8 Jan

Suvrat Raju


‘India’s Nuclear Expansion: Economics and Liability’

 at 6.00 pm on 08/01/16 (Friday)


At: the Alternative Law Forum, 122/4, Next to Balaji Art Gallery, Infantry Road, Bangalore 560 001. Nearest bus stop Shivaji Nagar. Google maps:,77.60029,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x3bae1663646dd36f:0x702c449b6a8fa11

From the time of the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Indian government has been committed to a large nuclear expansion, involving the import of light-water reactors. Under pressure from multinational nuclear suppliers, the government also passed the Nuclear Liability Law in 2010 to indemnify suppliers from the consequence of an accident. Nevertheless, this planned nuclear expansion has failed to take off primarily due to concerns about the high cost of electricity, and legal difficulties with the Indian liability law. In this talk, I will review these developments in the broader context of the Indian nuclear program.


Suvrat Raju is a theoretical physicist with the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Apart from his research in quantum gravity and field theory, he has written extensively on topics involving science and society, in particular on India’s nuclear energy policy. He is also a member of India’s Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace, and will speak at this event in that capacity.