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Misinformation campaign by the nuclear establishment: Citizen’s Statement on Koodankulam

4 November 2011

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Citizen’s Statement on Koodankulam

We are shocked and disturbed by the recent spate of misinformation campaign launched by the nuclear establishment regarding the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. Even as the Expert Committee, appointed by the Prime Minister recently as a result of consistent struggle by the local people, springs into action and takes into account the views of activists and the Tamil Nadu government, the AEC and the NPCIL have gone on a media offensive claiming the protests are triggered by foreign elements. While this is an affront to the protesting people’s integrity and knowledge, it is also a clear attempt to undermine the ongoing consultation process. This is entirely unacceptable.

The AEC Chairman has also tried to undermine the very rationale of the consultation process by claiming that the Koodankulam reactor cannot be shut down. Independent experts have questioned the validity of such pronouncement and have underlined that a ’hot run’ of the power plant does not involve any irreversible radioactive process. The PMO’s press release last month also assured the activists that no radioactive process has been started in Koodankulam.

There have been precedents, like Shoreham in the US, where nuclear reactors have been shut down due to public disapproval.

We urge the government to go ahead with a transparent and democratic review of the Koodankulam nuclear power project. We also urge the nuclear establishment to desist from scuttling such process by going to media with misleading and irrelevant claims.

Signatures (in alphabetical order)

  • A.Muthukrishnan (Researcher, Madurai)
  • Aadhirai selvi, Chennai
  • Acharya Santosananda Avadhuta, Editor: PROUT
  • Ajay, (RIGHTS, Kerala)
  • Ajit Patil, Mumbai
  • Ajith Cherian (Hyderabad)
  • Amit Srivastava, Community Resource Centre (New Delhi)
  • Amitabha Pande, (Noida, New Delhi)
  • Amitsankar Dasgupta, Kolkata
  • ANANTHARAMAN SUDHANTHIRAMANI , Stanford
  • Aniket Alam (EPW, Hyderabad)
  • Anil Chaudhary (Popular Education and Action Centre, new Delhi)
  • Anivar Aravind , Moving Republic Bangalore
  • Anjali Monteiro, Mumbai
  • Antony Ambrose, Dubai
  • Antony Arulraj (Holine Delhi, New Delhi)
  • Arati Chokshi, PUCL (Bangalore)
  • Aravinth Rayan, Tirunelveli
  • Arun Kumar Alandur, chennai
  • Arun Vignesh Moahansundaram, Chennai
  • Arundhati Dhuru, New Delhi
  • Arunrangarajan Subramaniam, Coimbatore
  • Asit Das (Activist and Researcher, New Delhi)
  • Atharva Vaidya, Thane
  • Atul Dighe (Maharashtra State Sarva Shramik Mahasangh)
  • B J Kerkar (Lal Nishan Party- Leninwadi)
  • Balaji S, Madurai
  • Balasundar Ramasamy, Singapore
  • Bhimrao Bansod (Lal Nishan Party- Leninwadi)
  • Bittu Sahgal, Editor, Sanctuary Asia
  • Chandni Chawla, Mumbai
  • D.Gabriele, National Alliance of Peoples’ Momements
  • Daniel Mazgaonkar (Sarvodaya Movement, Mumbai)
  • Deepak Srinivasan (artist and media practitioner, Bangalore)
  • Dhirendra Sharma (Centre for Science Policy, Dehradun)
  • Dilip Mandal (Writer and Columnist, New Delhi)
  • Dunu Roy (Hazard Centre, New Delhi)
  • Faisal Khan (NAPM, Asha Pariwar)
  • Ganesh Arunadann, Chennai
  • Geethanjali Geetha, Thiruvananthapuram
  • Goutam Ganguly, Kolkata
  • Gowru Chinnapa (PUCL, Bangalore)
  • Guru Sundar, Madurai
  • Harsh Kapoor (SACW.net)
  • Himanshu Kumar (Vanvasi Chetna Ashram, Dantewada)
  • Jacob M, Bangalore
  • Jagadish G Chandra, New Socialist Alternative
  • Jairus banaji, Mumbai
  • Jason J Green, Spotsylvania
  • Jes Jan, Bangalore
  • Jeyasingh , Thirunelveli
  • John Dayal (Member, National Integration Council, Government of India)
  • Justice B G Kolse Patil, Mumbai
  • K M Venugopalan, (Payyanur, Kerala)
  • Kalai Vendhan, Neyveli
  • Kamal Kannan, Erode
  • Kamayani Bali Mahabal (Lawyer and Activist, Mumbai)
  • Karuna raina, Greenpeace India
  • Kaveri Rajaraman Indira (Scientist and Activist)
  • Kirity Roy MASUM (Banglar Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha )& PACTI (Programme Against Custodial Torture & Impunity)
  • Mallika Sarabhai (Darpana, Ahmadabad)
  • Manikandan Subramanian, Chennai
  • Manion Ramasamy, Vadodara
  • Manju Priya, Bangalore
  • Manoj Kumar, Chennai
  • Medha Thatte (Maharashtra State Sarva Shramik Mahasangh)
  • Meenakshi Subramaniam, Kumily
  • Michael Titus, Idinthakarai
  • Mithun Kidambi, Mumbai
  • Mmhonlumo Kikon,(Executive Director, DICE Foundation, Kohima- Nagaland)
  • Mohammed Farook, Karaikudi
  • Murali Manohar, Chennai
  • N.K.Jeet, Adviser, Lok Morcha Punjab- Bathinda (Punjab)
  • Nagesh Anand (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)
  • Nalini Nayak – SEWA (Kerala)
  • Newjin Shalom, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu
  • Nityanand Jayaraman (Writer and Researcher, Chennai)
  • P K Sundaram, (DiaNuke.org)
  • Pankaj Pushkar (CSDS, New Delhi)
  • Paramasivam sivam, Tirupur
  • Paramesh Prem, Palakkad
  • Parimalarasan Durai, Tirupur
  • Partho Sarothi Ray, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata
  • Paruthi K, Chennai
  • Patturajan Gandhi, Manila
  • Pradeep Indulkar (Konkan Bachao Samiti)
  • Praful Bidwai (Eminent journalist and Activist, New Delhi)
  • Prakash Louis, Patna
  • Prakash J, Trichy
  • Prakash Louis (Patna, Bihar)
  • Praveenraj Maruthai, Chennai
  • Praveer Peter and Team of Solidarity Centre / GLRF, Ranchi.
  • Priti Turakhia, Mumbai
  • Priya Thambi, Chennai
  • Priyanka Borpujari (Independent journalist, Mumbai)
  • Prodigee Foundation, Mumbai
  • Pushkar Raj (General Secretary, PUCL)
  • R.M. Paulraj, Chennai
  • Raja Siva, London
  • Rajavelu Jayaraman chennai
  • Rajesh Sriniwas (Bangalore)
  • Rajkumar Palaniswamy, Miramar
  • Rama Lingam Dammam
  • Ramesh Babu Kanagasabapathy , Coimbatore
  • Ramesh Radhakrishnan, Coimbatore
  • Ramkumar Shanmugam
  • Rohini Hensman (Writer and activist, Bombay)
  • Sai Mohanraj, Chennai
  • Sailapathi V, Chennai
  • Sajeed Khalid, Trivandrum
  • Sandeep Pandey, New Delhi
  • sankaranarayanan sangiah chennai
  • Santanu Chacraverti, (DISHA, Kolkata)
  • Saravana Kumar, Chennai
  • SenthilKumar P, Chennai
  • Shashank Rajwadi, Hyderabad
  • Shiraz Bulsara Prabhu, (Activist, Kashtakari Sanghatana)
  • Shriprakash, Jharkhand organization against radiation, Jadugoda
  • Siva Arunachalam, South Brisbane
  • Sivakumar Krisnasamy, Chennai
  • Soumya Dutta (National Convenor, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha)
  • Subrata Ghosh, Kolkata
  • Sudha Bharadwaj, Chhattisgarh PUCL
  • Sudhir Gandhotra (Humanist Party of India)
  • Sukla Sen ( (EKTA (Committee for Communal Amity), Mumbai)
  • Suma Josson, Mumbai
  • Suman S, Chennai
  • Sushil Yadav, (Environmentalist and Activist, New Delhi)
  • Surendra Gadekar (Anumukti, Vedchhi, Gujrat)
  • Tamilselvan Hariharan, Chennai
  • Tamseel Hussain, New Delhi
  • Thomas Kocherry, National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF), India
  • Thomas P, Chennai
  • Uday Bhat (Maharashtra State Sarva Shramik Mahasangh)
  • Uddhav Shinde (Maharashtra State Sarva Shramik Mahasangh)
  • V T Padmanabhan (Researcher and Activist, Tamil Nadu)
  • V.Pugazhenthi, Kalpakkam
  • V.Vasanthi Devi, Chairperson, Institute of Human Rights Education Former Vice-Chancellor,Manonmaniam-Sundaranar University, Tamil Nadu.
  • Vandana Singh, New Delhi
  • Vanithasan Shanmugampillai, Frankfurt
  • Veena Johari, Mumbai
  • Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Delhi
  • Vijay Antony, Oman
  • Vijay E, Schertz
  • Vijay Kulkarni (Maharashtra State Sarva Shramik Mahasangh)
  • Vinod Raina (Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti)
  • Vishwajeet Kadlag (People Sense Management Consultants Private Limited- Pune)
  • Vivek Sundara (HRA, Mumbai)
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