TIRUNELVELI (TAMIL NADU), March 20, 2012
Kudankulam returns to full strength, first unit to be commissioned soon
PTI File photo shows the two reactors of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) situated at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district.
Amid tight security, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant returned to full strength on Tuesday after the Tamil Nadu government gave the go-ahead to the stalled Indo-Russian project with officials hoping the first unit would be commissioned “as soon as possible”.
“We are happy that the government is with us. All our 1,000 employees, including Russian specialists, have moved to the site. We started our work yesterday itself,” KNPP Site Director M. Kasinath Balaji told PTI, a day after the Jayalalithaa government gave the green light to the protest-hit plant.
“We will put all our efforts to make up for lost time and try to commission the first unit as soon as possible,” he said.
Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Dr. Sukumar Banerjee said there was no damage to the plant after work came to a standstill following eight month-long protests by locals spearheaded by the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) over safety concerns.
“We are very happy work has started again and there is full force today. The plant is definitely very safe. There is no damage to the plant,” he said.
A Russian engineer Marinev Alexander said, “Today is a special day for us.”
PMANE convenor S.P. Udayakumar and associate M. Pushparayan along with some others have been on an indefinite fast in Idinthakarai, the epicentre of the protests, opposing the arrest of 10 of their activists on Monday. Police launched a crackdown on the protesters arresting 180 of them since Monday.
Describing as unfortunate the clearance given to the plant, Mr. Udaykumar said people in the 30 km radius of the nuclear plant have not been given any disaster or evacuation training.
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From: S. P. Udayakumar
Date: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Subject: [INDIAN FIRST] Koodankulam Alert
To: Nonuclear List , Nonukes Asia , Bharat Chintan , Indian , indiathinkersnet , WISE Intern
Koodankulam Update and Alert
March 19, 2012
Just in: Some 10 people including Struggle Committee members Adv. S. Sivasubramanian, Rajalingom from Koodankulam 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. The ADGP (Additional Director General of Police) three DIGs (Deputy Inspector Generals) and ten SPs (Superintendents of Police) are present at Koodankulam. The Tirunelveli District Collector has been inviting us (specifically five people, S.P. Udayakumar, M. Pushparayan, M.P. Jesuraj, S. Sivasubramanian, and Fr. F. Jayakumar) since last evening to get some clarifications on the petition we had given to the Chief Minister on February 29, 2012. We pointed out that only our experts could answer those questions. It is pertinent to note that no attempt has been made so far to talk to them by the central or state governments or the expert teams constituted by these governments. In the meantime, the State government’s cabinet is meeting at 12:30 PM and they are expected to announce their stand on the KKNPP issue.
There are rumors that we all could be arrested soon and they may decide to re-start the KKNPP. WE ARE READY! We have a few specific issues we want you to know about though:
 The Government of India, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL), and the KKNPP have not conducted any emergency preparation drills or evacuation exercises to prepare the people within 30 km radius for any possible nuclear disasters. If these authorities try to load nuclear fuel rods without doing these mandatory exercises, it would be deemed illegal by India’s Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) rules, IAEA’s and other international stipulations. These authorities should reveal to the world the complete and exhaustive details of these exercises if they had conducted them. The date, time, place, location, and the names of the participants of all these exercises should be revealed by these authorities in concurrence with the District Collector of Tirunelveli.
 The Government of India and the State Government of Tamil Nadu should consult our experts and study their findings with the help of Indian and international experts if they care for the lives of Indian citizens and not for the profits of Russian corporations.
 If the KKNPP reactors are the best in the whole world, why doesn’t Russia want to give any liability to the people? Why do they sign a secretive IGA (Inter-Governmental Agreement) with the Government of India and hide behind such moves and avoid the whole issue of liability?
The tension is increasing; the government are acting in a high-handed manner. Please keep an eye on us.
S. P. Udayakumar
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy
S.P. Udayakumar, Ph.D.
* 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)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
From: S. P. Udayakumar
To: Nonuclear List ; Nonukes Asia ; Bharat Chintan ; Indian ; indiathinkersnet ; WISE Intern
Sent: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 4:49 AM
Subject: Anti-Koodankulam Struggle and the Money Issue
The Anti-Koodankulam Struggle and the Money Issue
S. P. Udayakumar, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Struggle Committee
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
March 7, 2012
 The Central Government of India does not want to acknowledge the simple fact that even “ordinary citizens” of India have a mind of their own, can take a stand on policy issues and “development” projects that affect their lives and stand up for their rights to life and livelihood.
Instead, the Honorable Prime Minister and some of the ministers in the Government of India have been accusing us of receiving money from some NGOs in the United States and Scandinavian countries, and collaborating with foreigners and so forth. The GoI even detained a foreign tourist from Germany at Nagercoil recently and deported him without proving anything. He has been talking to the Indian Press saying that he has had nothing to do with funding any anti-nuclear activities in India. A few local NGOs in Tamil Nadu belonging to Christian institutions and Christian individuals have been blacklisted, scrutinized and harassed recently. All of them have rightly denied that they have had nothing to do with our struggle.
It is pertinent to note that this Government has opened up not just our economy but the whole country to all the foreigners, their MNCs and FDI etc. They even tried recently to hand over all the retail businesses to foreigners at the cost of millions of Indian families. When the whole country opposed the move valiantly, they have just put it on hold. And THEY are accusing us of having foreign collaboration and foreign money connections.
 The Russian and American diplomats are all interfering in our internal affairs now freely and expressing opinions, especially about foreign funding. This presages the New East India Companies meddling in our affairs from now on and even dictating terms to us, Indians.
The Honorable Russian Ambassador should explain to Indians why his country and his country’s companies do not want to give any liability whatsoever for the Koodankulam reactors. If they are the best and the most perfect in the whole wide world, why can’t Russia offer the maximum and unlimited liability for the Koodankulam reactors? Why do they hide behind the secret IGA (Inter-Governmental Agreement) they signed with the Government of India in 2008?
If the United States is so earnest in all its business dealings, why do they keep pressurizing the Indian politicians and bureaucrats to water down the Indian liability act? What moral legitimacy do Russian and American authorities have to talk about anybody’s financial dealings in the world?
 As the Coordinator of this genuine, spontaneous and truthful struggle of the “ordinary citizens” of India, I would like to clarify that we have not received any money from any Indian or international NGO or business house, or political party.
Our activities are funded exclusively by the voluntary contributions of our fishermen, formers, shopkeepers, workers and beedi-rolling women. People who come to our protests/activities arrange their own transportations. We, the organizers of the relay hunger strike, offer nothing more than safe drinking water. The Koodankulam people have offered rice porridge or a simple vegetarian meal on a couple of occasions (when we laid a siege) from their own contributions. We do not offer any daily wages, or food, or alcohol or pocket money to the participants as some Indian political parties often do in their party events.
Obviously, these money-minded politicians cannot fathom the spontaneous, powerful and revolutionary uprising of the “ordinary citizens” of India who have had enough of these corrupt self-seeking immoral drunkards and womanizers. Our struggle and our people speak a totally different language of truth and justice which these power-hungry unruly elements cannot and will not understand.
 As the Coordinator of the ongoing struggle, I would like to establish the fact that I have not solicited or received or handled any money from anybody for this struggle. To prove this point, I am giving below my and my family’s income details, properties, bank accounts and loans.
My wife and I depend on agricultural income from our lands, and occasional speaking and teaching fees, researching and writing fees. We both have PAN numbers, audit our personal accounts annually, and pay income taxes.
From Father: 5 cents land and house Nagercoil Village, Kanyakumari District
From Mother: 7.5 cents land and house Nagercoil Village, Kanyakumari District;
14 cents land paddy field Thiruppathisaram Village, Kanyakumari District
Purchased (Date of Purchase, area, location)
26.03.1994 10 cents land Nagercoil Village, Kanyakumari District
21.12.1994 to 30.03.2000 376.829 acres Neendakarai Village, Kanyakumari District
01.07.1998 to 23.03.1999 8.435 acres Azhagiapandiapuram Village, Kanyakumari District
9.9.2005 7.5 cents land and house Nagercoil Village, Kanyakumari District
02.05. 2008 91 cents Azhagiapandiapuram Village, Kanyakumari District
[C] BANK ACCOUNTS
(Bank Name, Branch, A/C NO., Balance as recorded the last time)
SBI, Nagercoil HO, a/c 10843375998, 4953.84
TMB, Edalakudy, a/c 92100050084848, 1703.05
Wife’s (Meera Udayakumar) a/c
SBI, Nagercoil HO, a/c 10843378900, 1380.72
TMB, Edalakudy, a/c 92100050303549, 309.00
Canara Bank, Kottar, a/c 1111101027576, 2331.00
SACCER Trust a/c
SBI, Kottar, a/c 10663109330, 5716.07
SACCER Matriculation School a/c
Indian Bank, Meenakshipuram, a/c 460443812, 12632.00
[The SACCER Trust runs the SACCER Matriculation School; does not have an FCRA registration; accepts legal donations from local individuals and institutions; audits the accounts annually. The school owns two vans.]
Father’s (S. Paramarthalingom) a/c: TMB, Edalakudy, a/c 92100050018652, 714.19
Mother’s (S. Ponmony) a/c: SBI, Nagercoil HO, a/c 10843329464, 35566.26
[D] JEWEL LOANS
(Bank, Name of the person, Loan amount, Due Date)
TMB, S.P. Udayakumar, Rs. 1,06,000, Due Date 30.3.12
Canara Bank, Meera Udayakumar, Rs. 98,000, Due Date 15.4.12
TMB, Meera Udayakumar, Rs. 1,05,000, Due Date 23.4.12
TMB, Meera Udayakumar, Rs. 1,20,000, Due Date 6.5.12
TMB, S. P. Udayakumar, Rs. 98,000, Due Date 8.6.12
TMB, S. Paramarthalingom, Rs. 70,000, Due Date 25.10.12
Loan Against Deposits
Indian Bank, Meenakshipuram, Rs. 50,000, Due Date 22.12.2015
(Deposit Amount Rs.1,20,000)
[TMB: Tamilnad Mercantile Bank; SBI: State Bank of India]
A team of 20 individuals from Idinthakarai village handles the donations we receive for the struggle and they keep accounts of what they receive and spend. They have recently issued the accounts to the press.