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Nuclear debate for youth

- Shrikrishna Science Centre observes Hiroshima Day

Manisha Kumari, a Class X student of DAV, Kankerbagh, on Monday quoted former President APJ Abdul Kalam to drive home the point that nuclear energy is the option for India to meet its power needs.

Her classmate Minni Kumari, however, opposed her and reminded all and sundry of the devastation caused by the nuclear explosion in Japan at the end of World War II.

The platform of the face-off between Manisha and Minni was a debate hosted by Shrikrishna Science Centre to commemorate Hiroshima Day.

The motion of the debate was “Nuclear energy is essential for India”. Thirty-three students from 17 schools took part in it. Hiroshima Day is marked to commemorate the destruction of the city in Japan after the US dropped an atom bomb on it on August 6, 1945, in an effort to force the government of the Asian superpower to surrender and end World War II.

Citing examples, Manisha said: “Nuclear energy can be very helpful for all of us: 1kg uranium produces as much energy as 2500kg coal. So in India, where there is an enormous power crisis, nuclear energy is the ideal source.”

Not everyone agreed with her. Minni said: “The nuclear explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki have affected generation after generation in Japan. People are still born with deformities.”

Pradipta Mukhopadhyay, the project co-ordinator of Shrikrishna Science Centre, said: “We are observing Hiroshima Day and Nagasaki Day from August 6 to August 9. This debate is a part of the programmes we have organised. A film show and lecture would be held tomorrow (Tuesday).”

Arjun Chakraborty, a student of St Michael’s School, won the competition.


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