We ask Anna Hazare to show solidarity with the people who agitated against the opening of the Koodankulam nuclear power project in Idinthakarai village, Tamil Nadu that will impact the lives and destroy the livelihoods of thousands of people living there.
Over 25,000 locals protested against opening of the nuclear power plant, with 103 fasting indefinitely from September 11th for 12 days in order to protect their land, safety and livelihood. We need the mass public and public figures like Anna Hazare to show compassion and raise their voices in solidarity to help them build the pressure they need to stop the opening of the plant. They have manged to use non-violent means against the most violent technology in the world to force the Tamil Nadu government to pass a resoultion demanding the centre for a halt of the proect and review.
The nuclear power station is extremely dangerous. Any nuclear accident can result in an explosion and release large quantities of harmful radiation – whether it be technical problems, natural disasters or man-made disasters – destroying the lives of many for generations to come. Disasters such as Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and recent explosions in France are examples of how immensely risky such a plant is and proves that accidents happen regularly. Furthermore, the operation of the plant will destroy the local ecosystem and the livelihoods of those dependent on it as has been demonstrated by other nuclear plants in India.
As the protesters participate in a Mouna Vratha “ritual of silence” symbolising their voiceless cry for survival, we need public figures like Anna Hazare to raise the voices of the voiceless to increase the visibility in the media and recognition amongst the government.
Sign this petition Anna Hazare to publically show public solidarity with the people in Idinthakarai village who fasted with fearless passion to stop the opening of Koodankulam power plant and protect their life.
There were non-violent solidarity protests happening throughout Tamil Nadu villages in the districts of Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi, and eminent personalities have also supported it.
Narayana Swami from the Prime Ministers Office visited the agitation and was received by tens of thousands of people who participated in a Mouna Vratha -- “ritual of silence” – as a symbolic protest and a voiceless echo of their demands and feelings.
Sadly, while Narendra Modi's 3 day fast received nation wide media coverage due to his public standing, money and state power, the struggle of people fasting to protect their land, livelihood and life fails to be adequately addressed and expressed far and wide. We ask that you show your support and encourage nation wide solidarity on this regional issue with national implications.
Your brothers and sisters in Tamil Nadu continue to agitate in a peaceful way to protect their families and future generations from being displaced from their home and having their life threatened with the dangers of nuclear energy production . The proposed nuclear power station in Koodankulam is a threat to the people in and around Koodankulam for the following reasons:
(1) It is extremely dangerous, where any accident can result in an explosion and the releasing of large quantities of harmful radiation – whether it be technical problems, natural disasters or man-made disasters. The stakes are far too high to risk. Such an impact will ruin the lives of people today and for generations to come both in the region surrounding the plant and Tamil Nadu more broadly. Disasters such as Fukushima, Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and recent explosions in France are examples of how immensely risky such a plant is and proves that accidents happen regularly.
(2) The operation of the plant itself will adversely impact the lives and livelihood of the people and the ecosystem surrounding the nuclear power plant. This has already been demonstrated by the other nuclear plants in India.
(3) Finally nuclear plants aren't financially viable, they require investment from government and don't make investment sense today. The world has started taking a stand against nuclear reactors which has been demonstrated by countries such as Germany, Italy, Australia and Japan. The same countries and companies making money out of the nuclear energy are not building nuclear plants in their own country.
Mr Hazare, the people of Idinthakarai are struggling for their land, safety, ecology and livelihood. We request that you simply show public solidarity with those people in Idinthakarai village to conitnue their non-violent struggles now to be targeted against the centre. I hope you understand the desperation of their situation and the fearless passion with which they fight for their cause.
Seeing what you have already done for the country and for the public, we have faith that you will support us and it will spread the message of non-violent struggle. Your support will be a huge motivation for this non-violent struggle.
Sincerely the Undersigned.