Movement at critical juncture
  • PM and the nuclear establishment are pushing for commissioning of the reactor despite Tamilnadu State Cabinet’s resolution urging to halt the work.
  • Third round of indefinite hunger-strike started today
  • First such recent hunger-strike happened last month for 12 days when 125 people went on fast, forcing the Chief Minister of the State to change her stance. After PM’s volte-face, the second round started on 9th October along with road-blockade around the reactor site. This fast, by a group of 106 people including 22 women,was discontinued on 16th October in the view of local elections.
What can we do?

  • Sign and send the petitions initiated by Greenpeace India, NAPM and Support Group from Kerala.
  • Organize meetings and non-violent support groups at your places.
  • Contact People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
    42/27 Esankai Mani Veethy
    Parakkai Road Junction
    Nagercoil 629 002, Tamil Nadu, India
    Phone: 91-9865683735
    Email: koodankulam@yahoo.com

The indefinite hunger strike in Koodankulam has resumed today after a 2-day break in the view of local bodies’ elections in the region. People from the neighbouring coastal districts of Tuticorin and Kanyakumari have also joined this time. Although the protest now has shifted to Idinthakarai village, around 8 kms away from the reactor site, the People’s Movement Against nuclear Energy (PMANE) has said that if the plant work resumes, “thousands of villager will lay siege outside the plant, come what may.” The movement is now focusing on pressurizing the State Government of Tamilnadu, which passed a cabinet resolution last month after a 12-day long massive hunger strike urging the Prime Minister to halt work at the construction site. Tamilnadu Chief Minister Ms. jayalalita today has accused the Union Government of being unfair to the people and unnecessary blaming the State Government for not halting the work. The Prime Minister, despite meeting and assuring the protesters in New Delhi this month, has supported the project and has sought Chief Minister’s cooperation for the project, reassuring her of the plant’s safety. Amid this political ball-game, there are reports in media about the Nuclear Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) willing to start the reactor as early as November, despite the massive opposition from people questioning the safety, environmental impacts, displacement and livelihood and economics of the project.

 

Important Articles and Resources on Koodankulam
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Thirteen Reasons Why We Do Not Want the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project

The Aftermath of Fukushima in Koodankulam: S P Udayakumar

A nuclear chain reaction: M V Ramana and Suvrat Raju

Dr. Surendra Gadekar’s rejoinder to Dr. M R Srinivaan’s article claiming Koodankulam is safe

The Koodankulam Challenge to India’s Nuclear

ExpansionKoodankulam Struggle: Resetting Nuclear Priorities in India

Nonviolence confronts Nuclear Insanity in India

PM’s volte-face 0n Koodankulam

People power will win at Koodankulam

Koodankulam: lessons from Shoreham

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Twenty years of resistance at Koodankulam

Darkness At noon: S P Udayakumar’s interview in Rediff.com (2000)

Koodankulam: A History of Opposition- M V Ramana Charkha Newsletter

Koodankulam Anti-Nuclear Movement: A Struggle for Alternative Development? Patibala Srikant’s working paper in The Institute for Social and Economic Change

HOME, NEXT TO N-REACTOR: Praful Bidwai and M V Ramana, Tehelka, June 23, 2007

Violating Letter and Spirit: Environmental Clearances for Koodankulam Reactors: M V Ramana, Economic and Political Weekly

Women in Koodankulam Movement

Koodankulam – in Pictures

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India’s dangerous nuclear expansion

Indian government is pushing for a massive expansion of nuclear energy program, aiming a 100-fold increase by 2050. Currently, nuclear energy supplies for less than 3% of the country’s total electricity needs. Experts and citizen groups have questioned the rationale of such ambition. It has been pointed out that the Manmohan Singh government is more concerned about its nuclear deal with US landing in trouble than the lives and safety of its own citizen. The government promised to buy 10,000 MWs each from US and France in order to get an exemption from Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) in 2008 without any financial, safety and viability evaluation at home. Liability issue in India is also far from being resolved with US and other countries, including Russia on Koodankulam, pressurizing India to exempt them from suppliers’ liability.   Last week, a public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court of India by a group of activists and eminent public figures including former navy chief, former chief election commissioner, former Secretary of Prime Minster’s Office and ex-member of Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board. they have alleged that the nuclear liability act, ‘channels all the liability to the nuclear operator (which presently is the government itself) and the victims are not allowed any recourse to sue the companies that supply nuclear reactors and other material. The act under Section 6 also limits the liability of the operator to Rs 1,500 crore, which is quite low, and states that the remaining damage may be made good by the government at the cost of exchequer. The act also excludes the liability of the operators in certain circumstances.”

For more discussions and resources on India’s nuclear expansion, readers can click HERE.