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Mainstream, VOL L, No 11, March 3, 2012

Citizens’ Statement against PM’s Malicious Comment on Kudankulam Struggle Who is under the foreign hand?

Sunday 4 March 2012

We strongly deplore the PM’s recent statement that the people’s struggle against Kudankulam nuclear power plant is instigated by foreign agencies and funds. We cannot accept our PM to stoop to such low levels.

This allegation is a clear hint from him that the Indian people who could think on their own to elect the Congress-led UPA in the last general election, have suddenly lost the capacity to think ‘correctly’ about their safety and energy security. Eminent Indian intellectuals like historian Romila Thapar, economist Amit Bhaduri, diplomat Nirupam Sen, scientist P.M. Bhargava, and the Indian Institute of Science Director, P. Balaram, have strongly opposed this nuclearisation of India. They surely represent the ‘thinking component’ of India that Dr Singh cited.

In reality, it is the Manmohan Singh-led government that is pushing the interests of foreign corporates from Russia, the USA and France etc. by giving blanket allocation of Indian territories to them for setting up dangerous nuclear power parks. Similar was the case with the Indo-US nuclear deal, when the government repeatedly tried to bypass the Parliament under pressure from these ‘foreign hand’.
Let Indians not lose their hard-earned freedom of independent thoughts and expression to this sold-out government, and condemn the very people who give them the credibility to govern.

In the light of the worldwide shift in public opinion and government policies against nuclear energy, it is only China and India that have significant expansion plans. At the very least it is expected in the light of this global reality that the Indian Government, which claims to be democratic, should establish a complete mora-torium on the further development of nuclear energy. It must encourage the widest possible debate on nuclear energy and show respect for the growing voices of democratic dissent, instead of resorting to the cheapest forms of chauvinism and maligning its own people.

Justice B.G. Kolse-Patil, Mumbai; Prashant Bhushan, New Delhi; P.M. Bhargava, Scientist, Hyderabad; Admiral L. Ramdas, Alibag; Lalita Ramdas, Alibag; Meher Engineer, Kolkata; Rohan D’Souza, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Asit Das, Researcher and Activist, New Delhi; P.K. Sundaram, Researcher, New Delhi; Sunil, Samajwadi Jan Parishad, MP; Vaishali Patil, Activist, Konkan (Maharashtra); Praful Bidwai, Journalist, New Delhi; Achin Vanaik, New Delhi; Sumit Chakravartty, Editor, Mainstream Weekly; Anil Chaudhary, Indian National Social Action Forum (INSAF); Neeraj Jain, Lokayat, Pune; Soumya Dutta, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha; Nagraj Adve, Delhi Platform, New Delhi; Vijayan M.J., Delhi Forum, New Delhi; Vinuta Gopal, Greenpeace India, Bangalore; Karuna Raina, Greenpeace India, New Delhi; Bauddhaditya, Delhi University; Priyanka Singh, Samata, New Delhi; Yashwir Arya, Azadi Bachao Andolan; Harsh Kapoor, South Asia Citizen’s Web; Rajendra Sharma, Hisar, Haryana; Ankur Jaisawal, Journalist, New Delhi; Joe Athilay, New Delhi; Bhupendra Singh Raut, NAPM; Amit Tharayath Vergese, Delhi Forum, New Delhi; Seela M. Mahapatra, Delhi Solidarity
Group, New Delhi.

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