ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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'Foreign Hand' and the Anti-Koodankulam Movement

Amartya Sen’s felicitous metaphor which celebrated an aspect of an open middle class Indian society has been harshly disproved by no less a person than the mild-mannered Manmohan Singh when he followed the practice of Indira Gandhi in seeing a “foreign hand” behind democratic opposition. Even when the prime minister trumpeted that United States (US) and Scandinavian non-governmental organisations were behind the Koodankulam people’s agitation against a nuclear facility, a seminar was held in Delhi attended by Admiral Ramdas, former chief of naval staff, and P M Bhargava, former vice chairman, Knowledge Commission, who voiced doubts about the safety aspects of nuclear power installations. It may be remembered that A Gopalakrishnan, resigned as chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board in the 1990s, over his concern about non-satisfactory safety practices in our atomic energy establishments. If S P Udaykumar, who selfl essly leads the people’s protest at Koodankulam, is to be falsely accused as an agent of foreign interests, the same charge should cover other eminent persons as well.

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