Bangalore, Nov 2: Internationally acclaimed academician Noam Chomsky of Massachussets Institute of Technology of the United States said that Kudankulam could be another Bhopal disaster in waiting. In a letter to the struggling people, Noam Chomsky said, "Nuclear energy is a very dangerous initiative, particularly in countries like India, which has had more than its share of industrial disasters, Bhopal being the most famous."
"I would like to express my support for the courageous people's movement protesting the opening of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant," Chomsky added.
Avram Noam Chomsky is internationally famous linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, historian, political critic and activist. He has worked as a professor in the Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT. In addition to his work in linguistics, he has written on war, politics, mass media and many other areas. Chomsky was cited more often than any other living scholar from 1980 to 1992 and he was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in 2005 poll. Described as the "father of modern linguistics, he is most well known for his book called 'Manufacturing Consent'.
"The support of Chomsky is a major blessing to the fishing community of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, who are unfortunately the first victims of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant," said T Peter, Secretary, National Fish Workers' Forum. "We hope more and more groups and individuals will flow now to support the struggle," added Peter.
"Chomsky is one of the most leading existing internationally renowned left intellectuals today. It is surprising that while such a great personality has expressed support to the Kudankulam struggle, the left in India is still confused about their stand on the hazards of nuclear energy," said Civic Chandran, activist writer.
Chomsky's response came as a part of the efforts of the anti-nuclear activists to campaign on Kudankulam issue through the net in a unique manner through a well known website called www.countercurrents.org. The site has been publishing posters using statements in support of the the Kudankulam struggle from well known national and international personalities every day along with their photographs from Oct 11 onwards.