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Koodankulam: Another Bhopal disaster in waiting

 

Monday June 09, 2014

Koodankulam, Movement, Nuclear Energy, Noam Chomsky  
 

"As the people and leaders of the movement believe, a personal solidarity from Noam Chomsky to the Koodankulam people’s movement would surely inspire many to come out strongly against the nuclear power plant to defend life of thousands of families and the environment as well.

 

HNF Correspondent

 
 

A campaign in support of people’s movement against Koodankulam Nuclear Plant hosted by countercurrents.org, a website known for covering people’s movements across India and issues relating to livelihood and rights, has drawn support from international celebrities to the anti-nuclear Indian movement. Among the noted supporters are reputed linguist and political critic Noam Chomsky and Nobel winner Mairead Maguire.

Noam Chomsky, internationally acclaimed writer, political critic and academician of Massachusetts Institute of Technology of the United States, said in a solidarity letter, that Koodankulam could be another Bhopal disaster in waiting.

 

In his letter to the struggling people Chomsky said, 'Nuclear energy is a very dangerous initiative, particularly in countries like India, which has had more than its share of industrial disasters, Bhopal being the most famous,' while expressing his support by adding that `I would like to express my support for the courageous people’s movement protesting the opening of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant.'

'The support of Noam Chomsky is a major blessing to the fishing community of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, who are unfortunately the first victims of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant,’ said T. Peter, Secretary, National Fish Workers’ Forum while stating that `We hope more and more groups and individuals will flow now to support the struggle.

'It’s to be noted that Avram Noam Chomsky is internationally famous as a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic and activist. Worked as a professor  in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT, Chomsky has written on war, politics, mass media and a many other areas. Chomsky was cited more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992 and he was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll. Described as the "father of modern linguistics, he is most well known for his book called `Manufacturing Consent’.

‘It’s surprising that while such a great and scholarly personality has expressed support to the Koodankulam struggle, the left in India is still confused about its stand on the hazards of nuclear energy,’ said Civic Chandran, an activist and writer.

Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel peace prize winner and Irish peace activist also expressed her solidarity to the koodankulam struggle. While saying that the struggle is an inspiration to the world, Maguire mentioned, ‘I offer my solidarity with the brave people of Koodankulam as they nonviolently resist the Koodankulam nuclear power plant in their community. The courageous villagers – men and women – who are risking their lives do so to safeguard the lives of their children, the livelihood of all their fishermen, and their environment. We support you all, continue to be brave, refuse to be silent, and you will overcome... your actions are in inspiration to many of us around the world and we join you in spirit...Shanti."

The campaign through posters on the net began with former Chief Minister of Kerala, V S Achuthanandan who said, `We do not need this nuclear bomb. The Central Government must immediately stop all activities regarding this plant. The Kerala Government must wake up with an understanding of the threat from this to the people and act immediately.’

Such campaign is generating support to the movement at national and international spheres. `The anti-nuclear activists have always used creative ways of campaigning and this poster campaign through the net is certainly a new step,’ said Subramanian, State Convener of the Koodankulam Solidarity Group. As the people and leaders of the movement believe, a personal solidarity from Noam Chomsky to the Koodankulam people’s movement would surely inspire many to come out strongly against the nuclear power plant to defend life of thousands of families and the environment as well.

 
 

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