23 October, 2012
The Women of Idinthakarai
People’s Movement against Nuclear Energy
We hope you are all fine. This is the fifth letter from us to all of you.
So much has happened since we last wrote to you. As we look at the yellow
domes of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant so close to our homes, we
wonder what is happening there. We have one question to you all: Do you
know exactly what is happening there?
We have heard that fuel loading with 163 enriched uranium rods that started on Sept 16th got over by Oct 2nd. What an auspiscious day to complete the initiation of one of the most violent of processes human kind has discovered!
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India states that the KKNPP is
just 2 steps away from attaining criticality.
It is also understood that the safety concerns of the villagers (does it
mean us ?) are misplaced. At the same time the NPCIL assured the Supreme
Court that there is no human population within 2km Exclusivity zone of the
plant and no such colony as the Tsunami colony falls within this zone.
Whoever wants can make a complaint or representation for which sufficient
relocation, rehabilitation and compensation measures will be made. The
NPCIL claims that sufficient caution has been taken about the population
living within 5km sterilization zone of the power plant.
We have yet another question in our minds: So WHERE ARE WE?
Do we exist? Do we live within the exclusivity or sterilization zone? Are
we to go and make a representation or complaint and wait for the response?
We understand that none of our representations or appeals have been
considered. Now how can we make a representation about something that we do
not ever want? We do not want to be relocated or rehabilitated. We want to
be here by the seashore in our own birthplace. We want to pursue our
livelihoods linked to the sea and its bounties. We want good food, water
and access to resources here in these villages. We do not want money that
is so ephemeral. We are willing to work hard, earn and live well. This is
the only representation that we want to make .
We have no complaints other than dissent about the way in which the concerned authorities are unwilling to come to us and allay our fears and doubts. We want them to assure us
that the KKNPP will not be allowed to attain criticality at the cost of our
lives and dreams. We want our sisters and brothers languishing in the jails
to be released. We want our peaceful resistance to be dealt with decently
This is all we have to tell you. Please share this with the world.
We hope this will not be the last letter we are writing to you
Oct 23, 2012
Sisters from Idinthakarai
*Prepared by Anitha.S after talking to women of Idinthakarai *
- Just A Word Away, From Dr. Abdul Kalam to Women of Idinthakarai (kractivist.wordpress.com)