Japan’s tsunami-triggered nuclear alert has had particular resonance in India, where nuclear power has been widely embraced as an efficient way to meet the country’s leaping energy demand.

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Japan’s tsunami-triggered nuclear alert has had particular resonance in India, where nuclear power has been widely embraced as an efficient way to meet the country’s leaping energy demand. And after Delhi signed a long sought-after deal with the US effectively allowing it to take part in global nuclear trade, the desire to beef up its capacity has been relentless.

But in the weeks after the disaster, many in India voiced consternation: if a sophisticated nation like Japan couldn’t cope with the fallout, then how could India, with its admittedly lower building and safety standards, expect to be ready for a disaster on such a scale?

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