PMANE Observes Independence Day as Black Day


Dr. S.P. Udayakumar, People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy – TRANSCEND Media Service

Being committed to the democratic precepts and values of the Republic of India, and having faith in and respect for the Indian legal system, the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) has decided to wait for the judgment of the Madras High Court to decide its future course of action.

In the meantime, the PMANE condemns the undemocratic, authoritarian and unconstitutional decision of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) to grant clearance for the fuel loading of Unit-1 of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP). The PMANE supports all legal efforts that bring contempt of court charges against the AERB and other related bodies.

Since the Indian nuclear establishment’s decision insults the Madras High Court, violates the Indian Constitution and pawns Indian independence with the Russian government and corporations by granting liability waiver to them and promoting their interests at the cost of Indian citizens, the PMANE will commemorate August 15, 2012 as a Black Day. We will hoist black flags on our homes and public places.

From today onwards, fishermen from several coastal villages in Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Thoothukudi districts will boycott their work until the Madras High Court judgment is announced on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP). The shopkeepers in and around these villages would also close their shops in support of the struggle.

The first anniversary of the current phase of our struggle will be commemorated on August 16, 2012 at Idinthakarai. Several political and social leaders along with writers, artists and activists will be participating in the day-long event.

The Struggle Committee
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
Idinthakarai & P. O. 627 104
Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu
Phone: 98656 83735; 98421 54073

S.P. Udayakumar, Ph.D. – Tamil Nadu, India:
* SACCER-South Asian Community Center for Education and Research (promoting life-long, life-wide and life-deep education)
* TRANSCEND Network, South Asia Convener (TSA) (For Rethinking South Asia)
* People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
* National Alliance of Anti-nuclear Movements (NAAM) (For a Nuclear-Free India that has No Deals, No Mines, No Reactors, No Dumps, and No Bombs)


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