The following short report was written by Balaji S from the May 17 Movement and also a supporter of New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India). The report is an account of the recent Conference held at Idinthakarai (epicenter of the anti-Koodankulam struggle) against nuclear energy.
On 1st of July 2012, in the southern tip of Tamil Nadu, which is well known for its historical struggle against the nuclear establishment for the past 1 year, was filled with all the political leadership of Tamil Nadu and the activists from all over the country. All turned up and filled Idinthakarai for the National level Conference against Nuclear Energy.
The day was especially significant as it marked the 321st day of hunger strike by the people of Idinthakarai. The people had started to reach the venue from the early morning itself. People from neighbouring villages too had closed down all shops, took time off and reached Idinthakarai by bus for the event. Almost all the political parties sent their representatives to be the part of the event except the two mainstream parties – DMK & AIADMK.
The conference was presided over by Aiya. Pazha. Nedumaran. PMANE convener SP Udayakumar welcomed everyone. Inspiring Anti Nuclear songs were sung and Parai music was played by Murasu Kalai Kuzhu. Two books about the ill effects of nuclear energy were released by Udayakumar.
Thozhar Thiyagu from Tamil National Liberation Movement, Mallai Sathya from MDMK, Pe. Maniyarasan from Tamil Desiya Pothuvudamai Katchi, Velmurugan form Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi, Vanni Arasu from Viduthalai Chiruthaigal, Mee. Tha. Pandian from CPI(ML), Thirumurugan from May 17 movement, Dalit Murasu editor Punitha Pandian and Friends of Earth Sundararajan are some of the notable people who gave their inspiring and informative speech against the nuclear energy.
The conference ended up with notes by Pushparayan. The conference demanded the government to close down all the nuclear establishments in the country and to go for alternate energy resources. They demanded to revoke all the false cases filed against the anti nuclear activists. PMANE convener Udayakumar welcomed everyone and Pushparayan concluded the event.
The resolutions passed in the conference were:
1. This conference strictly condemns the Indian Govt, Atomic Energy Agency, NPCIL and the Tamilnadu Govt for not giving any basic information about the Koodankulam nuclear plant or disaster management training to the people. The Indian govt and the NPCIL without any concern to the valuable lives of the people, has set up this plant violating the international nuclear laws. This conference strictly condemns them as well as the Tamil Nadu state govt which is remaining silent in this regard.
2. This conference demands the state govt that they should not allow any catastrophic projects such as Kalpakkam and Koodankulam nuclear projects into Tamil Nadu.
3. This conference requests the Tamil Nadu socio-political movements to discuss and display their strategies and action plan towards the Kalpakkam and Koodankulam nuclear plants to safeguard the people.
4. This conference requests the Kerala’s socio-political movements to support the PMANE’s struggle against the Koodankulam nuclear plant.