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Thursday, 22 March 2012

In Solidarity with Anti-NKPP Struggle




In Solidarity
 
The state government of Tamil Nadu has finally succumbed to pressure by the Central government and decided to commission the operation of the two Russian built nuclear reactors in Koodankulam. It has carried out a major crackdown on the mass movement in and around Koodankulam in southern Tamil Nadu, outrageously slapping sedition charges -- no less -- on several people, and arresting close to 200 people in a pre-emptive show of intimidation and force.
 
Over the last six months in what has been the latest phase of a more than decade long struggle, tens of thousands of residents in and around Koodankulam have peacefully and non-violently demonstrated against the government's nuclear power plans. They have demanded that their concerns over issues of safety, environmental hazards and procedural violations of the AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) be fully and properly addressed. That their livelihood and life concerns should have been so casually ignored by a government that has even resorted to allegations of 'foreign manipulation' of what is an indigenous mass movement is extremely disturbing.
 
We strongly condemn the repression launched against the people of Koodankulam and southern Tamil Nadu and demand that those arrested be immediately released. If a willingness to exercise one's democratic right of protest in peaceful and non-violent ways, or to criticize the pursuit of nuclear energy, or even to oppose government plans in this regard is to be deemed seditious and warrants being arrested, then we the undersigned also declare  ourselves to be as guilty as our fellow citizens in Tamil Nadu. We stand in solidarity with them. The government may please take note.
 
 
Admiral L. Ramdas (former Chief of the Indian Navy  & Magsaysay Awardee)
Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat (former Chief of the Indian Navy)
Justice Rajender Sachar (former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court)
S.P. Shukla (former Finance Secretary, Government of India)
Romila Thapar (Professor Emeritus, Dept. of History, JNU)
Aruna Roy (Member, National Advisory Council and Magsaysay Awardee)
Medha Patkar (Social Activist)
Arundhati Roy (Writer)
Sandeep Pandey (Social Activist and  Magsaysay Awardee)
Ramchandra Guha (Historian and Professor, London School of Economics)
Rammanohar Reddy (Editor, Economic and Political Weekly)
Justice P.B. Sawant (former Judge  of Supreme Court)
Justice B.G. Kolse-Patil (former Judge of the Bombay High Court)
Binayak Sen (Member, Planning Commission)
Ilina Sen (Professor, MG International University, Wardha)
Lalita Ramdas (former Chairperson, Greenpeace International)
Praful Bidwai (Independent Journalist and Professor, Council for Social Development)
Jean Dreze (Professor, G B Pant Social Science Institute, Allahabad)
Kamal Mitra Chenoy (Professor, School of International Studies, JNU)
Anuradha Chenoy, (Professor, School of International Studies, JNU)
Surendra Gadekar (Social Activist)
Vasanth Kannabiran, (Founder & Head, Asmita Resouce Centre for Women, Hyderabad)
Ritu Menon (Founder Publisher, Women Unlimited)
Pamela Philipose (Director, Women's Feature Service)
Rohan D'Souza (Assistant Professor, Centre for Studies in Science Policy, JNU)
Darryl D'Monte (former Resident Editor, The Times of India)
Soumya Datta (Scientist & Activist)
Lawrence Surendra (Founder Director of the Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives, South Korea)
Achin Vanaik (Former Dean of Social Science, University of Delhi)