From several years there were massive protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The rest of the nation was thinking that the project is dangerous for the local residents so they are protesting. But the reality will shock us.

In a sting operation, the man who led the protest, Dr S P Udayakumar’s mask was completely removed. He was caught on camera where he agreed to take money to create anti-nuke protests. When the Republic TV reporter Shweta said that her Professor who resides abroad is ready to fund money for protests, Udayakumar agrees to take it.

Dr Udayakumar says that he wants money in hard cash and should be distributed to his political parties by the reporter’s friends and families as he can’t take money directly from foreign donators through western union as his license is cancelled.

Udayakumar was even ready to give his party’s bank details. Later she sent a mail from a fake profile, but he realises that there is chance of getting caught. So he denied taking money.

 

But shocking is why Church is involved in this protest? Why Bishops supported these protests? Christianity and nuclear protest has no link. In the sting a person said that several church fathers supported them. Father Jesuraj, a priest said that he was one of the members of The All India Catholic University Federation (AICUF) and they actively protested against the project.

 

Finally the question arises is that why did the church involve in this? What is the link between the church and the anti-nuke protests? What will the church get if the project comes to a standstill?

Here, we can see that national interest is sidelined just for money. NGOs are working systematically to reduce the speed of the development in India.

 

Who is Dr SP Udayakumar?

The activist who is leading the protest is Dr SP Udayakumar, who is a Masters in Literature from Kerala University, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawaii

On Jan 2016 he even launched a political party named Pachai Tamizhagam (Green Tamil Nadu).

What is Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant?

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (Koodankulam NPP or KKNPP) is the single largest nuclear power station in India, situated in Koodankulam in the Tirunelveli of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Construction on the plant began on 31 March 2002 but faced several delays due to opposition from local residents. India has power shortage. TN alone has a deficency of over 3000MW. The plant has a capacity of 10000MW ensuring enough growth for industry.

An Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on the project was signed on 20 November 1988 by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and then Soviet head of state Mikhail Gorbachev for the construction of two reactors. The project remained in limbo for a decade due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Why is the protest?

In 2011, thousands of protestors from the vicinity of the plant protested against it, fearing a nuclear disaster. According to the protesters, evacuation of people in the event of a nuclear disaster would be impossible.

According to S P Udayakumar, of the ‘People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy’ said that “the nuclear plant is unsafe”.

But in 2012, the chief of India’s nuclear energy program, Dr Srikumar Banerjee, called the plant “one of the safest” in the world. In December 2012, The Hindu reported that hundreds of villagers in the region were largely ignorant of the risks and benefits of the plant.

The former President, Late A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, visited the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in 2011 and asserted that there was no need for any panic as it had state-of-the-art safety features. Now is Udayakumar a better scientist than Dr Abdul Kalam?

What court said?

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in 2011 with the Supreme Court asking for nuclear power development to be delayed until safety concerns were independently assessed. In May 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the plant, stating that the nuclear power plant was in the larger public interest.

On, 24 February 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed foreign NGOs for protests at the power plant.

Source: Republic TV


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