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
‘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
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.