Join Protest in Solidarity With People’s Struggle Against Koodankulam Nuclear Plant @10thoct


 


10 October 2012 (12 noon onwards) Jantar Mantar

 

Thousands of people of Idinthakarai and other villages are waging a brave struggle against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, in the face of severe repression unleashed by the Central and State Governments.

At Fukushima in Japan, the entire world saw the horrors that a disaster in a nuclear power plant could wreak. The protestors at Koodankulam are seeking to avert a repeat of Fukushima in India. Post-Fukushima, several countries are rethinking their nuclear energy projects. But India is intent on bailing out the global nuclear industry, and is peddling lies to Indians and muzzling protests, in order to do so.

Manmohan Singh insists that the Koodankulam plant is safe.

  • ·         If indeed is the plant safe, why has Russia’s liability in case of a disaster been waived? If Russia is sure that its technology is safe and no disaster is possible, why does it want to avoid any responsibility in case of a disaster?!
  • ·         Even existing safety norms recommended by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board have been violated at Koodankulam.
  • ·         According to AERB’s own norms, there must be no population in the “exclusion zone” covering a 1.6km radius from the plant, and population in the 5km area around the plant must be under 20,000. At Koodankulam, a Tsunami Rehabilitation Colony stands less than 1km from the plant! And at least 40,000 people live within a 5km radius.

When the nuclear regulatory authorities and the Government so brazenly violate existing regulations and lie to the public, how can the protesting people be expected to have faith in their assurances of ‘safety’?

Moreover, why is the Government so intent on muzzling the democratic protest?

  • ·         FIRs have been slapped on some 55,000 protestors
  • ·         Charges of ‘sedition’ have been slapped on 8000 protestors
  • ·         Protestors including women, children, and old people have been severely beaten by police
  • ·         One man was killed in police firing and one died of shock when a Coast Guard plane flew low to terrorise the protestors
  • ·         Women have been subjected to sexually abusive language and sexual violence
  • ·         Leaders have been arrested; those who remain out of jail are virtual prisoners in the struggle villages
  • The entire area has been turned into a police camp, with visitors prevented from meeting local people. Recently, 3 visitors from Japan were deported, and the CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya was recently detained by police on the outskirts of Idinthakarai when he sought to make a solidarity visit.

Worst of all, the protestors are being branded as ‘foreign-funded’ and there is an attempt to whip up a communal campaign against them. Not only the Congress Government at the Centre and the AIADMK Government in Tamil Nadu – the BJP and Sangh Parivar too are conducting this communal campaign, claiming that ‘Christian missionaries’ are fuelling the ‘anti-national’ protest.

The question at Koodankulam is not just one of ‘allaying fears’ of people. Nor is it an academic question of the merits and demerits of nuclear power, or the differences between nuclear plants set up before and after the Indo-US Nuke Deal. The key question is one of democracy: will people’s democratic protests be heard in India, or will they be suppressed by brute force? Do Indian citizens have a right to the truth and facts, or will our Governments get away with lying to us? Above all, can there be any ‘national interest’ that jeopardizes the lives of millions of people, while clearly benefiting foreign nuclear companies?

The All India Left Co-ordination (AILC) has called for a fortnight of protests all over the country in solidarity with people’s struggle against Koodankulam Nuclear Plant. We invite you to join a protest at Jantar Mantar on October 10, 2012 (Time: 12 noon onwards).

–          Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation [CPI(ML)], Delhi State Committee.

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE- CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya Arrested while Entering Koodankulam


 

Press Release

 

CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya

Arrested while Entering Koodankulam

 

New Delhi, 1 October 2012

 

CPI(ML) General Secretary Dipankar Bhattacharya along with other CPI(ML) leaders was arrested today at Radhapuram, a few kilometers away from Idinthakarai, the site of the protest against the Koodankulam Nuclear Plant. CPI(ML) Politburo member S Kumaraswamy and Tamil Nadu State Secretary Balasundaram and other CPI(ML) leaders of Tamil Nadu were also arrested along with him.

At Tirunelveli town this morning, local CPI(ML) leaders were detained by police and prevented from proceeding to Idinthakarai. Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya and his team had proceeded directly to Indinthakarai from Tuticorin airport, but were stopped by a huge posse of police, at a short distance from Idinthakarai.

A Convention organised by the All India Left Coordination (AILC) at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi yesterday had given a call for a fortnight-long Solidarity Campaign in support of the anti-nuke agitation at Koodankulam, from October 1-15. The CPI(ML) General Secretary’s visit to Koodankulam on October 1 was to kick off the solidarity fortnight. A videotaped message of Koodankulam struggle leader SP Udayakumar was also screened at the AILC Convention yesterday.

After his arrest, Comrade Dipankar Bhattacharya said, “Why are citizens being prevented from meeting and interacting with the protesting people of Koodankulam? Such arrests expose the utterly draconian conduct of the Central Government and TN State Government, which are attempting to choke off the people’s protests by sheer force.” Commenting on the Koodankulam struggle, he said, “The names of places like Chernobyl and Fukushima became well-known after terrible nuclear disasters occurred there. But Koodankulam has become known the world over, for the brave agitation to prevent a disaster.”

 

Prabhat Kumar,

For CPI(ML) Central Committee

 

Convention-National Crisis and Left and Demoractic Agenda-30th Sept #Delhi


Contact: U-90 Shakarpur, Delhi-92
email: allindialeftcoordination@gmail.com
phone: 011-22521067; fax: 011-22442790

J O I N
C O N V E N T I O N 
O N
NATIONAL CRISIS

AND

THE  LEFT AND DEMOCRATIC AGENDA

Mavalankar Auditorium, Rafi Marg, New Delhi
30 September 2012   
12 Noon – 6 PM

SPEAKERS

Dipankar Bhattacharya, CPI (ML)
D Raja, CPI
Mangat Ram Pasla, CPM Punjab
K S Hariharan, LCC Kerala
Abani Roy, RSP
Debabrata Biswas, Forward Bloc
Bhimrao Bansod, LNP(L), Maharashtra
Arun Ghatani, CPRM, Darjeeling
Dr. Sunilam
Prasenjit Bose
Shamsher Singh Bisht, Uttarakhand Lok Vahini
Prof.Nawal Kishore Choudhury, Patna University
Prof. Manjit Singh, Punjab University, Chandigarh
Anand Swaroop Varma, senior journalist
& other leaders of Left-democratic movements and concerned citizens  

The UPA-II Government, mired in mega scams implicating its topmost leaders, and facing popular protests all around, is desperately clinging to power. In a brazenly autocratic way, it is hell bent on pushing through a host of drastic anti-people measures – including a steep hike in diesel prices, halving of subsidy on cooking gas, and FDI in multi-brand retail and civil aviation. It is imperative that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Government be punished and made to quit for their betrayal of the mandate which they secured in the name of benefiting the ‘aam aadmi’.
The BJP and NDA are seeking to capitalize on the issue of corruption – but their state governments and leaders are equally mired in corruption. And the BJP is trying desperately to whip up a communal agenda before the next polls, trying to stoke up a hate campaign in the wake of the Assam violence. The Naroda Patiya verdict has once again underlined how the BJP used power to perpetrate a communal pogrom.
There is a virtual consensus among the ruling parties on neoliberal policies that promote corporate plunder of the country’s precious resources, at the cost of land and livelihood of common people. All shades of dissent and protest are being suppressed by invoking draconian laws and unleashing repression. All across the country, there is an alarming rise in patriarchal and casteist violence and discrimination.
In this backdrop, there is an urgent need for a powerful Left-democratic political intervention, to shape a united struggle for the ouster of the corrupt and anti-people UPA-II Government; expose and resist the communal and divisive agenda of the BJP-NDA; demand a reversal of the policies that are fuelling corruption, joblessness, and price rise; defend democracy and resist state repression and violence on women and dalits.
Towards strengthening the united intervention of Left and democratic forces of struggle at this juncture, a National Convention is being organized by the All India Left Coordination (AILC) on the theme ‘National Crisis and the Left and Democratic Agenda,’ on 30 September 2012, at Mavalankar Hall, New Delhi, 11 am – 6 pm.
We very much hope you can participate in the Convention, which will be addressed by leaders of Left parties, democratic movements and political currents.

All India Left Coordination
[CPI(ML) Liberation, CPM Punjab, Lal Nishan Party (Leninist), Left Coordination Committee (Kerala) and
Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM, Darjeeling)]    Contact: allindialeftcoordination@gmail.com, Ph: 9560756628, 9868890346
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About the AILC:
The All India Left Coordination (AILC) was formed in 2010 as a platform uniting struggling Left forces. Its current constituents are CPI(ML) Liberation, CPM Punjab, Lal Nishan Party (Leninist), Left Coordination Committee (Kerala) and Communist Party of Revolutionary Marxists (CPRM, Darjeeling). The AILC has conducted joint struggles on a range of issues, and has intervened together on many democratic questions. Some months ago, the AILC lost one of its prominent leaders, Comrade TP Chandrashekharan, who was brutally murdered in Kerala.
The AILC is committed to building a strong, united Left movement with people’s resistance and robust defence of democracy at its core.

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