We urge the editors of the English media to report the important people's struggle in Idinthakarai.
300+ women and 25 men are on an indefinite hunger strike against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Idinthakarai. Over 9000 people crowd the protest pandals every day. Your coverage of the protests is muted and a grave injustice to people using non-violent, democratic methods to make their demands.
We urge you to report these important people's struggles.
Status update as of 3:00pm on May 6: The condition of the 302 women hunger strikers has been deteriorating steadily. Two of the 35 men strikers have been afflicted with viral fever and have been isolated from the rest of the group for fear of any contagion among others. The following women have collapsed and removed to the nearby hospital: Soosai Lourde (55), Manjula (33), Sahayam (45), Jacqueline (42), Pasili (36) and Bama (40).
Report the huge protests at Idinthakarai
I hear through social media and some news sites that 300+ women are on an indefinite hunger strike and that 9,000 people are protesting non-violently at Idinthakarai against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant. Is this true? If it is, why are you not reporting it? As a reader of your paper, I am concerned that I do not get to hear of the democratic struggles in India. I also heard that one of the two BP apparatuses the medical team had brought was not working. I expect your paper to report such information to me accurately, rather than leaving me to rely on unverified sources on the Web.
When I hear of the Koodankulam struggle getting muted coverage in my paper, I am beginning to have doubts about your credibility as reporting the truth, with fairness and accuracy. As is clear, I've begun to look towards other news sources too.
India today is steeped in corruption and I wish my paper doesn't get corrupted by reporting only govt/corporate PR.