As Tamil Nadu Nuclear Plant Opening Nears, Protests Enter ‘Death Throes’

[ New York Times ] - [ May 29, 2012 17:10:08 GMT ]

Ostensibly short stories have an unfortunate way of mutating into epic tragedies here in India – and, occasionally, farces. Take the $3 billion Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and the current wave of protests that aim to block its implementation: The project originated from an inter-government pact between Rajiv Gandhi and the former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev back in November of 1988. By December of the same year, only two short years from the infamous meltdown at Chernobyl, protests in the rural fishing village first began. (To provide you an idea of how long ago this was, the tenured Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan had just celebrated his 23rd birthday and was earning a bachelor’s degree in economics. ) [ full story ]

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