Articles by S. P. Udayakumar

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Anti-nuclear Message from India
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

25 Dec 2018 – To put it tersely, nuclear things are getting out of hand. And we need to reinvigorate all the various national, regional and international anti-nuclear groups and movements here and now. We all need to discuss the nuclear issues more earnestly and devise clear strategies to create a nuclear-free world. Looking forward to hearing more from you on these issues, I send you my best personal regards and all peaceful wishes. Happy Holidays!

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The Idinthakarai Experience: Best Practices in Peaceful and Nonviolent Protests
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2013

Indefinite hunger strike of a huge group of people including women and youth
Relay hunger strike – every single day 10 am to 5 pm
Inviting a prominent political, religious or cultural leaders for day-long hunger strikes…

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Condemn Not Just North Korea; Deal with Global Nuclear Hypocrisy
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2013

North Korea has just announced that it has conducted a successful third underground nuclear test, and the world powers are all condemning the act unanimously. According to their reasoning, North Korea, Iran and a few other “rogue” countries they do not like cannot and should not develop nuclear energy or produce nuclear weapons. But they themselves can do both. The United States, Russia, Britain and France can arm themselves to their teeth with thousands of nuclear bombs and all kinds of treacherous missiles.

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Nuclear Safari in Deutschland: A Waste Story
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2012

Most of the nuclear waste from the German nuclear power plants had been stored in the Salt Mine Asse II since 1967. In June 2008, it was found out that the water in the mine was contaminated with Cesium 137. We all know shit happens. But we cannot understand the concept of making nuclear shit for it to happen in the future to unborn generations. Those who make nuclear shit will suffer the shame and stigma. Or, will they?

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HAZMAT and Kismet: Dangerous Cargo and Dispassionate People
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2012

The Indian Supreme Court is trying to find out the Indian government’s and the Department of Atomic Energy-DAE’s plans to store the Koodankulam spent-fuel, transport this dangerous cargo to reprocessing plants, and to safe-keep the radioactive wastes. The government and the DAE clearly have no plans or preparations for any of these important steps.

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How to Kill a Democracy
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2012

Anoint a colonized World Bank clerk as the Chief Executive with American blessings
And have him dance to imperial tunes and MNC notes with Swadeshi songs and swings.
Include all the rogues, rascals and rowdies as coalition partners and co-conspirators;
Make “Loot and Let Loot” the philosophy of governance and principle of administration.

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Prime Minister, Crime Minister!
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2012

Prime Minister, Prime Minister, why did you keep coal
When none of your predecessors ever had this foal?
Did you sell non-players and new ones all the Black Gold
So thermal power goes down and nuclear becomes bold?

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Open Letter to Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar (PMANE) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2012

Honorable Madam, Greetings! As we have completed a whole year struggling against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), we would like to initiate a fresh round of dialogue with you. We request you, Madam, to turn the KKNPP into a pro-people and Nature-friendly project, bring about solar power policy and projects all over our State, rectify the transmission and distribution issues, protect the interests of the Tamil people, and leave a wonderful legacy of visionary leadership and compassionate development with the people of Tamil Nadu and India.

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Why Independence Day is a Black Day
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar, PMANE – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Aug 2012

The corruption-ridden, anti-Indian, pro-foreign, pro-MNC government of the UPA does not enjoy absolute majority in the Parliament and hence should not be allowed to take crucial national decisions at the far end of their tenure in power. It has lost its credibility, legitimacy, respect and trust among the people of India and it is compromising our independence, sovereignty and the fundamental freedoms.

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Hiroshima Day & Postcard Campaign
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar, PMANE – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2012

Demanding Copy of Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Liability Agreement on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plants 1 & 2 – August 6, 2012 – The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy is commemorating the Hiroshima Day 2012 as the “Nuclear-Free Tamil Nadu Day.”

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125 Days of Confinement
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2012

July 21, 2012 marked the 125th day of my and Pushparayan’s self-exile here at Idinthakarai. All our comrades who were arrested and lodged in the jails of Cuddalore, Nanguneri and Tiruchirappalli have come back and resumed their routine life. Ever since March 19, 2012, when the Tamil Nadu government changed its stand on the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) issue, we have been protected by the people, mostly women and children. They come in thousands and sleep around the Parish Priest’s Bungalow where Rayan and I stay and sleep.

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The Silent and Telling Emergency in India
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2012

Today [26 Jun 2012] is the 37the anniversary of the infamous emergency that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed on the people of India. Today is the 100th day of my and Pushparayan’s self-exile here at Idinthakarai. So far, more than 300 false cases have been filed against us, the leaders of the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), and the struggling people of southern Tamil Nadu.

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The Disaster Management Drama
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jun 2012

Scene:
Nakkaneri village that is in the middle of nowhere in the Irukkanthurai panchayat in Tirunelveli district with some 100 houses; most of the 300 or so residents had gone to work as daily wage laborers to nearby places. There were hardly 100 women and children in the village who could hardly read or write or understand anything about the nuclear issue. The police surrounded the village and blocked all the roads.
Date and Time:
June 9, 2012, Saturday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am.

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Nuclear Nirvana
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2012

If you do feel like pulling your hair off
when they deprive you of your daily bread,
If you do feel like screaming your head off
when they chip away at your wellbeing,
If you do feel like kicking up a storm
when they deny your identity and freedom,

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The Plight of Mr. Ordinary Citizen
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2012

April 22, 2012 (The Earth Day) From Koodankulam Nonviolent Nuclear Protest, India

Listen to my plight; I am a low class low caste Ordinary Citizen;
And I’m running from pillar to post with a public interest petition
That imported and imposed nuclear reactors threaten to jettison
My community’s livelihood, resources and the very existence.

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A Prayer by Indians
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Apr 2012

With Due Apologies to St. Francis, Reinhold Niebuhr and St. Patrick

Oh, Prime Ministerial Lord, make me a sports authority of your games;
where there is common, let me steal wealth;
where there is contract, commission;
where there is agreement, kickbacks; …

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India: Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project Update and Alert
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2012

March 19, 2012 – Just in: Some 10 people, including Struggle Committee members have been arrested. The Tamil Nadu State government is increasing the police strength in front of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP). Heavy police force has been posted in a few major junctions around Koodankulam. There are rumors that we all could be arrested soon and they may decide to re-start the KKNPP. WE ARE READY! The tension is increasing; the government is acting in a high-handed manner. Please keep an eye on us.

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The Aftermath of Fukushima in Koodankulam
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2011

The three-in-one disaster at Fukushima has stirred human consciousness all over the world. On the one hand, it has prompted Germany’s decision of phasing out nuclear energy by the year 2022, Italians’ overwhelming vote against nuclear power in a national referendum, and some 20,000 Swiss citizens’ rallying against nuclear power and so forth. Even the Chinese government put all its nuclear activities on hold and decided to do stocktaking before proceeding any further.

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Thirteen Reasons Why We Do Not Want the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2011

We have been opposing the [Indian] Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) ever since it was conceived in the mid-1980s. The people of Koodankulam village themselves were misled by false promises such as 10,000 jobs, water from Pechiparai dam in Kanyakumari district, and fantastic development of the region.

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How to Build A-tomb (A Poem)
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2011

To build anything, my dear friend,
You must be clear what it is you want.

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One Man Hurdle on the Road to Democracy
S. P. Udayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2011

Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunis rather swiftly. Hosni Mubarak tried in vain all his tricks including inciting violence with the help of some of his supporters and surrendered. The beleaguered Muammar Qaddafi is trying to halt the democracy train with the active support of his clan and groups of a few tribes, the fear and reluctance of the majority Warfalla tribe, and the relative weakness of the pro-democracy activists.

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An Open Letter to the Peoples of Middle East and North Africa
S. P. Udayakumar, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2011

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Middle East and North Africa,

As a citizen of the largest democracy (India) and a student of the longest democracy (United States), I, for one, feel obliged to share some of my thoughts and reflections about democracy and elections with you all for your serious consideration. My intention is not to throw cold water on your quest for democracy but to request you to take a hard look at the actual practice of democracy and elections in the United States and India and to find ways and means of overcoming those shortcomings.

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