Kudankulam: Agents of hostile foreign interests – M.D. Nalapat

Prof. M.D. Nalapat“The French behind the Kudankulam agitation had harnessed other European interests determined to keep India in a low-energy trap in their plan of sabotaging the commissioning of the completed Kudankulam reactor. Now that China had become such a headache to the European Union by competing with the alliance across a range of manufactures, the intention was to hobble India, so that the other billion-people country in Asia did not emerge as a serious challenger to the EU, especially in the matter of services.” – Prof. M.D. Nalapat

French President SarkozyOn November 6, 2011, Delhi’s “Sunday Guardian” had carried a column about the way work on the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu was being sabotaged by clusters of foreigners acting through their Indian dupes. Huge amounts of cash were getting funneled into the locations where the manufactured protests were taking place, all with the intention of seeing that Russia was not given a contract for the setting up of two more reactors at the site. Both French as well as US commercial interests were united in wanting to keep Russia away from the lucrative Indian market for nuclear reactors. They were apprehensive that if a further $9 billion were committed towards purchase of two new reactors at Kudankulam (Stage III and Stage IV), there would be no money left to buy (more expensive) French or US equipment. Besides, both countries were holding back on expanding nuclear cooperation with India, intending to use the developing country’s need for nuclear energy as a lever to force it to abandon its indigenous nuclear program. In particular, the Obama administration has been relentless in its view that advanced nuclear technology belongs only to “civilised” countries, and that India ought to desist from seeking self-sufficiency in the same. As for Nicholas Sarkozy, he has adopted the policy of Tony Blair, abandoning the independent foreign policy of Charles De Gaulle and Jacques Chirac in favour of being a poodle of the US administration. These days, Paris follows the cues tossed to it by Washington, including in the matter of nuclear commerce with India.

Kudankulam Nuclear Power StationThe French behind the Kudankulam agitation had harnessed other European interests determined to keep India in a low-energy trap in their plan of sabotaging the commissioning of the completed Kudankulam reactor. Now that China had become such a headache to the European Union by competing with the alliance across a range of manufactures, the intention was to hobble India, so that the other billion-people country in Asia did not emerge as a serious challenger to the EU, especially in the matter of services. Contacts in institutions such as the Reserve Bank, the Home Ministry and the Finance Ministry were used to plant the seeds of policies designed to slow down economic growth. The RBI began a suicidal policy of rate increases in 2006,exactly when Indian corporates were scaring their European competitors by buying up huge entities such as Corus Steel, Arcelor and Land Rover. The Home Ministry began raising objections to capital flow from East Asia and West Asia, thereby blocking those in either location who wanted to shift their investments away from Europe into India. Because of the Home Ministry policies, funds that ought to have come to India either stayed within Europe or left for China. Brazil and other markets. The Finance Ministry put out a welcome mat for exactly the same US and EU financial conglomerates that were responsible for the theft of $4 trillion of investor funds during 2007-09. It helped that several of these entities made sure to employ the relatives of key policymakers in India, giving them huge salaries for little work besides whispering in the ears of their policymaker relatives ways in which policies could get tweaked to favour the financial depredators and speculators who have collectively ruined the international economy.

Bishop of Tuticorin Yves AmbroseEven a brief visit to Kudankulam three months ago – or six months after the agitation began that shut down the plant and caused losses of more than $2 million a day in lost power and interest cost – would have been enough to reveal the numerous foreigners who were wandering amongst the agitators, encouraging them with money and advice. However, the Intelligence Bureau was asleep, not because its field operatives were unaware of the situation, but because several of the NGOs involved are reported to have contacts with the higher levels of the Congress Party. It is a known fact that Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son and political heir Rahul have dealt with those involved in several NGOs, including many from abroad, in the process giving them access to agencies of the central government, which of course the Sonia branch of the Nehru family controls. Such privileged access by certain NGOs has led to their being very influential in policy, especially with ministers eager to be close to Rahul Gandhi. Another fact is the way in which these foreign vested interests have persuaded elements of the Christian church to support them. France and Germany being countries with strong Catholic traditions, and the Northern European countries having powerful Protestant links (especially in Denmark), it was easy for nationals of these countries to persuade innocent church groups in the vicinity of the Kudankulam nuclear project to join them in blocking off access to the plant.

Prime Minister Manmohan SinghHowever, so powerful were the NGOs involved that nothing was done against them till last week, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh publicly pointed to them as being responsible for the stoppage of India’s largest nuclear power project. By his open admission, the PM has shown great courage, for he must be well aware of the links between the NGOs and the higher levels of his own Congress Party, links that are ensuring that other ministers – such as Home Minister P Chidambaram, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and Environment Minister J Natarajan keep silent on the issue, although the first and third are from Tamil Nadu, the state where Kudankulam is located. The powerful linkages of the NGOs will ensure that the guilty escape, as the Home Ministry will not have the courage to prosecute foreigners close to influential politicians. These days, the Home Ministry functions more as an instrument for the protection of the ruling party and its top leadership than it does in its legal role of defender of law and order and national security, so much has it been compromised by politics The NGOs involved in the Kudankulam agitation are joined by others active across India in shutting down projects. A country that has one of the largest deposits of coal in the world is forced to import huge amounts each year, because agitators have blocked output at coalsites. Of course, conveniently for them, coal is a nationalized resource in India, which makes it easy for NGOs with political backing to force the shutdown of state-owned collieries. A similar situation prevails with regard to uranium. Mining has slowed to a trickle because of (well-funded) agitations that have blocked access to uranium mines. The Manmohan Singh government is as helpless to prevent this as it is to stop a handful of NGOs from blocking the flow of power to Tamil Nadu, a state with a growing energy deficit. Apart from a few token actions, the government has done nothing to restart work at Kudankulam or any of the other sites where internationally-inspired protests have led to stoppages. Even in the case of Kudankulam, the NGOs concerned are so influential that media coverage has been overwhelmingly hostile to the government and friendly to the protestors. Television channels in particular have been very critical of the PM, where they ought to congratulate Manmohan Singh on speaking the truth after so long.

Navi PillayThe use of NGOs to create problems in developing countries is not unique to India. In Egypt, authorities there are under strong pressure from the US and the EU to let go certain NGOs who have been fomenting trouble in that country. Since 9/11 provided a convenient excuse for entering into military and intelligence operations across the globe (99% of which have nothing to do with Al Qaeda), NATO has in effect enforced a policy of Zero Accountability for itself. Citizens of NATO countries regard themselves as immune to local laws, as can be seen by the efforts of the Italian authorities to free two NATO navy personnel who are reported to have shot dead two Indian fishermen a couple of weeks ago. Whether in Afghanistan or in Libya or in Iraq, the tens of thousands killed by NATO military action go unmourned, and the military personnel responsible remain unpunished. The UN Human Rights chief, Navi Pillay, has been perfectly house-trained by NATO. She obligingly ignores the many deaths caused by NATO and concentrates only on targets suggested to her by the alliance. Indeed, the entire UN “human rights” and “international crimes” setup has been perfectly house-trained by NATO, ignoring the numerous human rights violations by the alliance, thereby reducing it to a farce.

NATOEvery human being is the equal of any other. This is the command of Almighty. Hence an international system that gives immunity to a particular set of people to do what they like against others (of course, for the noblest stated motives) is wrong. India has a right to high technology, and those countries that seek to sabotage this quest are wrong. Those entities that stop projects from going forward that can reduce the abject poverty of hundreds of millions in the country are wrong. Unfortunately, those that seek to ensure that India will never replicate the Chinese example of being an economic challenger to the NATO powers are so powerful that Kudankulam and dozens of other big projects continue to be stalled, despite the Prime Minister’s warning to the nation about the vested interests behind such sabotage. – Pakistan Observer, Islamabad,

» Prof. Nalapat is Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

9 Responses

  1. “Immeiate steps will be taken for the speedy commissioning of the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam,” Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in a statement issued at the end of the cabinet meeting held here on Monday, March 19, 2012.

    The agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant has fizzled out as the Tamil Nadu government gave the green signal for the commissioning of the first unit of the 2X1000 MW power plant.

    “Immeiate steps will be taken for the speedy commissioning of the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam nuclear power plant ,” Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in a statement issued at the end of the cabinet meeting held here on Monday.

    Kasinath Balaji, project director told DNA that he received the ‘all-clear’ signal from the state administration by evening. “We are busy mobilising our man power. By tomorrow we will move into the plant and resume the works for the early commissioning of the plant,” said Balaji.

    A senior official of the Department of Atomic Energy said the plant would be commissioned in three months.

    Even as the cabinet was meeting at Fort Saint George in Chennai, a pose of policemen under the supervision of S George, the additional director general of police (law and order) took into preventive custody nine volunteers of the Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy from Koodankulam, 650 km from the state capital. George, a mechanical engineer-turned-IPS officer had inspected Kudankulamlast week as a prelude to the crackdown on the antinuclear brigade funded by various Non Government Organisations.

    The PMANE had launched an agitation against the nuclear power plant once the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd had completed 99% of the works.

    The site was under the siege of the PMANE volunteers and they didnot allow the engineers to enter the plant site. Thisdelayedthe commissioning of the plant which was scheduled for commissioning in 2011 October.

    Though both the expert committees appointed by the Central and State governments found the plant safe and foolproof, the anti-nuclear activists did not budge and theworks came to a standstill.

    Tamil Nadu is under the grip of a severe power crisis with a peak hour deficit of 4000 MW. The government has declared a power holiday for industrial units.

    Other than Chennai, all districts undergo load shedding ranging from six to eight hours a day. The capital city itself goes without power for two hours daily.

    Though the general perception was that the Jayalalithaa regime would get cracking once the local body elections to the State were over, the Shankarankoil MLA who belonged to the AIADMK died necessitating a bye poll. Officials in the State administration had told this newspaper that Jayalalithaa would address the Kudankulam issue only after the by poll since Kudankulam was near to Shankarankoil. The by poll was held on Sunday.

    “The agitation has come to an end for all practical purposes. Local residents lost interest in the agitation because of the severe power shortage and load shedding. Now what remains to be seen is when the PMANE leaders would call off the agitation,” said a senior intelligence official who had told this newspaper that the state administration would launch a crack down on the agitators after the by poll.

    The Tamil Nadu government also announced the launching of Rs500 crore development work in Kudankulamas part of the Provision of Urban Facilities in Rural Areas (PURA) as suggestedby former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who had inspected the Kudankulam plant andthe safety system.


  2. I for one consider Nuclear energy to be unsafe and hazardous. In fact , there is hardly any invention made by modern western science which can be said to have done no harm to humanity. But, why protest now – after the construction of the plant. And the very fact that Christian NGOs are opposing this plant should be enough to prompt any patriotic Indian to support the immediate commissioning of the plant because every Christian organization working in India can never be a well-wisher of India – that is the homeland of the Hindus. Hence if they are against anything it means that any thing is good for Hindus and India. It is as simple as that.


  3. The Catholic Church should confine itself to religion and leave politics alone. Nobody is fooled by Bishop Ambrose’s statements.

    Why wasn’t this protest started five years ago before the building of the power station?

    The timing of the protest itself proves the involvement of international actors and agents of which the Catholic Church is definitely one.


  4. You are not very convincing for all your verbiage.

    The whole business at Kundankulam is Xian politics.

    We are suffering in Tamil Nadu and the power plant should be commissioned immediately.


  5. Yes you are raising some valid arguments : But than those who sold the lands to the govt , who knows what was promised to them..and even if they were well informed, than there are always some people who are lured by money and the personal inerest is stronger than the general interest.
    NOW, how come MANIPUR has become 80% CHRSITAIN ? Why this MMS has never thought of banning NGOs busy for centuries converting those MANIPUR tribals ? Because , he won’t anger the MADAM whose desire to make every state , if possible, another MANIPUR.
    THE converted tribals have been given xtian opium and they are living on drinking alcholic beverages and now they are more miserable than when they enjoyed their beautiful culture of solidarity and social togetherness. Now, chrisitans from the US have given them a Book, an egoistic and individual way of life and clients for their churches (when nobody frequents churches in France, Indians tend to go there more in numbers so THIS IS THE ONLY GOOD NEWS not for us but for those who convert )
    If somebody can put a brave face when living far away from the plant, it is not the case of UDAYAKUMAR nor other fisherman who live near this plant. Imagine, you are living there and your father has to fishing but than the waste hot water from the plant kills those fishes or pollutes then ..who will buy them and who will eat them ?? are WE ready to have thsoe fishes for dinner ? Can our children (ALL CHILDREN ARE TO BE CONSIDERED TO BE OUR CHILDREN ) can go and fish in thsoe waters and play and breathe on those beaches ???
    No, there is a letter from scientists to the PM please go that link , you will understand what is going on :http://kractivist.wordpress.com/2012/02/28/dr-s-p-udayakumar-sent-a-legal-notice-to-prime-minister-dr-manmohan-singh/


  6. Chanakya, please explain: Why has this anti-nuclear protest come about when the plant is completed and about to be commissioned?

    Why wasn’t this protest started five years ago when the land for the facility was acquired and the building of the power station started?

    Why did the locals sell the land to the government in the first place? They knew very well what it was to be used for.

    Whether nuclear power is good or bad is an on-going debate. But this particular anti-nuclear power protest stinks of international and religious politics and interference in India’s internal affairs.

    The government should not delay the commissioning of the plant any longer.


  7. MR NALAPAT you are either an innocent man whose mind is used to see innocence in everything or you are acting on behalf of congress high command. Now, Iknow very well what is going on in FRANCE and here people are agaisnt nuclear and AREVA the french company wants to reviive it’s business in India as per the indo-french nuclear treaty.
    French have no need to send NGO’s to manipulate people agaisnt Indian govt because the French knows that India can not ignore the treaty…the indo-american treaty is the mother treaty and all other treaties (including that oF france or USSR ) are secondary treaties. only who is interested in showing that it is a work of NGO ? It is our P(uppet)M(an) who will loose enormous kick backs for his Italian BOSS and for himself if this agitation is known as genuinely created by people because of their legitimate fears..one question : when the western world moves away from nuclear to opt for other ecological solutions, why MAN MAHAN wants to stick to it as a lezad on a glue stick ? bizarre ? and this one question : when you know that nuclear radio-active waste is neither soluble in water nor in soil or anything worldy, we can safely conclude that these wastes pose a threat to our security for 1000 years because they can not be recycled nor dissolved (their dangerousness will remain intact for eternity without diminishing): that wy i don’t understand why this beardy singh wants to pass this poisonous stock to our future generations ??? MONEY IS THE SIMPLE ANSWER.. AND HE WILL NEVER GET THAT KICK BACK IN HIS POCKET BECAUSE PEOPLE WILL NOT ALLOW THAT …INDIANS HAVE AWAKEN. THET ARE NO MORE FOOLS TO BRINK WHAT IS POURED ON TO THEM BY MEDIA OR FALSE PROFESSORS.


  8. Why only nuclear plants? NGO’s are after big dams, large power plants, big irrigation projects, large ports or air ports,or mining projects, are for phoney secularism, for phoney justice, for phoney tribal welfare… They are out to throttle India!

    PM has done the right thing. Since he has nothing to fear except his retirement, he should go ahead and ask his PMO to track down all these NGO’s and ensure their de recognition and punishment.Nation will remember him for a long time. He should not leave the issue half way.


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