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Dr. S P Udaykumar live from Idinthakarai

Soumya Dutta addressing the audience

Prof. Manoj K. Pal addressing the audience

Mrs. Xavier Amma addressing the audience

Mrs. Meldred addressing the audience

HIROSHIMA DAY PROCESSION AT COLLEGE DQUARE

The Audience

Traditionally, the Hiroshima Day in Kolkata is a day for commemorating the victims of the nuclear bomb and protesting nuclear weapons. For the last few years, the Paramanu Bidyut Birodhi Prachar Andolan(The Campaign against Nuclear Power) has, on the Hiroshima Day, commemorated the victims of radioactivity in general and protested against both nuclear weapons and nuclear power plants — highlighting the anti-environment character of the entire nuclear fuel cycle.

On this year’s Hiroshima Day, the Paramanu Bidyut Birodhi Prachar Andolan focused on the magnificent struggle in Koodankulam and Idinthakarai. A procession, where some 60 people defied the rain, began at College Square at 4 PM, went around the College Street area and finally arrived at the Students’ Hall.
The Hiroshima Day Convention began at 5:15 PM. The central banner read: HIROSHIMA DIBAS CONVENTION — PARAMANU BIDYUT KOODANKULAME NAY, KOTHAO NAY (HIROSHIMA DAY CONVENTION —┬áNUCLEAR POWER, NOT IN KOODANKULAM, NOR ANYWHERE ELSE).
A major highlight of the convention was the presentation by Prof. Manoj Kr. Pal (Former Director of the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics). The activists from Idinthakarai, Mrs. Meldred and Mrs. Xavier Amma, took the meeting by storm. The convention was immensely enriched by the eloquent and electrifying message from Dr. SP Udaykumar, who addressed the convention from Idinthakarai through live video transmission. Soumya Datta, the activist from Delhi, Prof. Sujay Basu, Prof. Meher Engineer, Mr. Samar Bagchi, Mr. Bankim Dutta, Mr. Arjun Sengupta, and others spoke on the perils nuclear power plants, the nuclear madness of the Indian government, the need to develop coordination and collaboration between various anti-nuclear initiatives, etc.

More than 160 people attended the convention. Most of them sat through the entire programme, which lasted for more than three hours.