[ RadSafe ] Fwd: [New post] India - AAP invites anti-nuclear activists to become members

parthasarathy k s ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Feb 17 08:10:32 CST 2014

Dear Roger,

This is not a unique development.Some members of the Aam Admi Party are antinuclear.In fact, for Mr Prashant Bhushan, one of the leaders of the new party, anti nuclear sentiment is an article of faith.He has been representing writ petitions of anti nuclear movements of various types and description in the Supreme Court of India for several years.

AAP is a political party of recent origin; its primary objective is to set up  governments free of corruption. It won a decisive victory by winning a good number of seats in Delhi State.It formed a ministry with the support of the Congress party, the very party it has accused as  corrupt.The experiment lasted 49 days. AAP has sizable support among young voters.AAP HAS NOT DECLARED ITSELF AS ANTI NUCLEAR! Many Non Governmental Organizations(NGOs) are making a beeline to the new party.

I do not think that AAP may take any strong stand against nuclear power.They may argue that nuclear power is acceptable if "people" want it, a stand not different from that of other parties.

Nuclear power movement in India is facing many controversies.Apart from safety considerations, the major issues are the acquisition of land, compensation for it etc It is common for nuclear and for all industrial activities.

The spate of writ petitions against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant led to the following judgement by the Supreme Court of India.


The Supreme Court virtually gave judicial sanction to nuclear power.

I have contributed several articles on nuclear power in India including one OP/ED on the judgment in MINT, a leading business daily in India. 
You can access it at:


During the late 80s, a veteran writer and well known social activist contested an election against setting up a nuclear power plant at Kaiga in the South Indian State of Karnataka. He lost it convincingly.

In summary, there is opposition to nuclear power from various sections of society.By and large, all political parties support nuclear power.There are controversies on the import of nuclear technology. Many influential leaders are against import of nuclear technology.The policy of the Government has been to support the indigenous three stage nuclear programme and also to import nuclear power plants  for capacity addition.


On Monday, 17 February 2014, 15:07, Roger Helbig <rwhelbig at gmail.com> wrote:

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arclight2011part2 posted: "http://twocircles.net/2014feb17/aap_invites_antinuclear_activists_become_members.html Submitted by IANS on 17 February 2014 - 7:34am By IANS, Chennai: Inviting the people of Iddinthakarai in Tamil Nadu to become members, the Aam Aadmi Party ("  
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 India – AAP invites anti-nuclear activists to become membersby arclight2011part2  
Submitted by IANS on 17 February 2014 - 7:34am
Chennai: Inviting the people of Iddinthakarai in Tamil Nadu to become members, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is mulling to contest from 12 to 15 constituencies in the ensuing general elections, said a party official.
"We will be contesting in 12 to 15 seats. We are on the look out for good candidates to fight the elections as our party candidates. The people of Iddinthakarai can become members of the party without any hassle," AAP's state convenor Christina Samy told IANS.
She said AAP's Tamil Nadu chapter enters the Lok Sabha election fray with an objective to defeat the corrupt politicians who should not be allowed to enter parliament.
"AAP will contest in all the constituencies where the corrupt politicians are contesting," she said in a statement issued here earlier Sunday.
According to the statement, AAP is inviting applications for candidature representation from Tamil fishermen groups and farmers to represent their concerns in the upcoming Parliament election.
AAP was approached by people of Iddinthakarai - the epicentre of the protest against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) spearheaded by the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) - who expressed their wish to join the party. Iddinthakarai is in Tirunelvelli district around 650 km from here.
The PMANE had earlier said that it plans to take the anti-nuclear power plant movement political by joining hands with AAP.
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