Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that some U.S.-based NGOs are behind the agitation against the nuclear power plant in Kudankulam confirms what many people and the media have maintained from the time the agitation began. It has taken the UPA government almost six months to discover the motive of the agitators and their source of funding. One wonders whether those leading the agitation are powerful enough to hold the country to ransom or the government is unable to tackle issues of national importance.
The action of three NGOs, which diverted the funds meant for social service to finance the campaign against the Kudankulam plant, is unethical. The government has done the right thing by cancelling their licences.
One may recall that during the agitation against the hydro-electric project on the Narmada by private power producers, the then Union Power Minister, Rangarajan Kumaramangalam, said in a television interview that the protesters were neither pro-poor nor pro-evacuees. They were pro-fuel lobbies. The UPA government should stand up against the disruptive forces in Kudankulam. Dr. Singh's statement is a good beginning.
Keywords: Kudankulam issue