Activists plan three-day cultural fest at Kudankulam
TNN | Jan 1, 2013, 05.41 AM IST
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Activists of over 70 groups involved in various struggles across India will express solidarity with theKudankulam anti-nuclear plant protest by spending the New Year in Idithankara and other coastal hamlets in the region. A three-day cultural festival has been organized in this connection.
These activitists include those involved in the anti-Posco movement, Plachimada, Bhopal gas tragedy, Jaitapur and the like. The victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984 and the water contamination by Dow Chemicals in Bhopal will be the special guests . They will be joined by adivasi groups and cultural teams from across India.
Shankar Mahanand, award winning playwright and convener of Sanskrutik Andolan, Odisha who was instrumental in leading a cultural yatra for peace and harmony after the Kandhamal riots in the state and Jharkhand mines area coordination committee general secretary Surinder Tirkey will also take part in the programme.
This was announced by Admiral Laxminarayan Ramdas, member of national co-ordination committee, Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP), while speaking at a seminar organized by CNDP here on Sunday. He said the government was unnecessarily exposing the coastline and its people to nuclear hazards. Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan, Ninan Koshy and R V G Menon also took part in the seminar.
Leader of opposition, VS Achuthanandan, who participated in the seminar titled – ‘Nuclear Power Vs People’s Power’ said, “It has been 500 days since the struggle started. The central government has no clue as what to do with the nuclear waste. They speak of disposing it like garbage, like how the state government said it would dispose of Vilappilsala waste in a quarry,” he said.
Prof Ninan Koshy was a lot more critical of the government and said the Indian government led by a blind believer in nuclear energy was insensitive to the ramifications of Fukushima. “They have slapped sedition cases on the activists. This was the same law that was invoked against Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi by the British. Disloyalty to the government is not disloyalty to the Indian state. When such agitations are termed anti-national and anti-state, it is time to question who forms the state and who forms the nation,” he said.
Speaking at the seminar Prof RVG Menon said “Nuclear energy has peaked out. It has been around since the 1940; an advanced nation like Germany is beginning to invest heavily on alternative energy. But India believes that nuclear energy is the highest blessing of science. The only reason that nuclear power will be cheaper is because it has a lot of hidden social costs.”
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