Dehradun, October 20
Vice President of India Mohammed Hamid Ansari on Saturday categorically stated that energy-deficient India had no option but to look towards nuclear energy as a means to bridge the widening energy gap.
"In a democracy, political debates about the efficacy of nuclear energy and nuclear plants will continue to take place but it is a known fact that we have little energy resources left and have no option but to take the nuclear energy route," emphasised Ansari.
While replying to a query posed by a student of Doon School, Ansari said close to 80 per cent of the energy needs of France were coming through the nuclear power plants and stressed that India, in order to achieve the target of 10 per cent of energy being met through nuclear power plants, had to quickly operationalise several nuclear power plants.
He also said that despite the economic crisis faced by the world, India had managed to keep it's afloat and had steadily continued to register growth. "We have benefited from globalisation when the going was good and should not shy away from facing the adverse side of globalisation," he said.
On being asked how the nomination of cricketer to the Rajya Sabha would have benefited the country, the Vice President said: "It is absolute absurdity that a nation of one billion people could not win a single gold medal in the Olympics, and I am hopeful suggestions of Sachin Tendulkar, who is a distinguished cricketer, would help in strengthening and assisting our system," he said.
While delivering his address on the 77th founder's day celebrations of The Doon School, Ansari said the school had a unique place in the country.

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