The protests against the Kudankulam nuclear plant are spearheaded by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which desribes itself as Gandhian and non-violent. PMANE leader S P Udayakumar has rejected government assurances that the nuclear plant is earthquake- and tsunami-safe. He has also dismissed as "empty assurances" the certificates of safety issued by the department of atomic energy, scientists such as Dr Abdul Kalam, politicians and bureaucrats.
In this picture, MDMK activists are seen during a protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, in Chennai. The Madras high court on August 31 gave all-clear to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project while asking the government to set up hospitals and schools for locals. (PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar)