Anti-nuclear protesters in Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu, have appealed to the country’s three women chief ministers — Jayalalithaa, Mamata Banerjee and Mayawati — to “rescue India from the clutches of the international nuclear mafia”.
In a letter to the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu (Jayalalithaa), West Bengal (Mamata Banerjee) and poll-bound Uttar Pradesh (Mayawati), the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is spearheading the agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear power project in Tirunelveli, said on Monday India’s nuclear deals with foreign countries created jobs for the people of those places but cost the Indian fishermen, farmers and Dalit workers their livelihoods and made them disease-prone.
MNCs reaped huge profits, the PMANE said, while thousands are adversely affected in India.
“To save the ordinary Indian citizens and to safeguard their survival, well-being and freedom, the country needs the intervention of thoughtful, caring and creative leaders, such as yourselves,” the protesters said.
The PMANE asked the three chief ministers to rescind all the nuclear agreements the central government had signed with the United States, Russia, France and many countries around the world. “Please envision a people-friendly, Nature-friendly, and Future-friendly energy policy for our country and design alternative energy programs and projects that protect our peoples’ rights to life and livelihood, and safeguard the interest of our youth and children,” it said in identical letters to the three chief ministers.
It asked them to raise the nuclear issue at the upcoming chief ministers’ conference in February.