‘Every time they arrested me, it just made my will to protest stronger’ via NYOOOZ

Actor Nandita Das with protestors Sundari and Milret, who have been struggling against the Koodankulam Nuclear Plant, at the book launch of The Ant in the Ear of the Elephant, on Monday. —photo: Rajneesh Londhe A new book by journalist and film-maker Minnie Vaid brings the focus back on the struggle against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant It has been over 1,500 days since a group of women in Idinthakarai in Tamil Nadu sat in protest against the Koodankulam nuclear power plant, voicing concerns that Project-Affected People who have been given housing in the surrounding areas cannot be evacuated in time in case of a nuclear disaster along the lines of the Fukushima incident in Japan. The struggle against the nuclear power plant gets only sporadic media attention but a new book, The Ant in the Ear of the Elephant , by journalist and film-maker Minnie Vaid, provides a compelling account of the Koodankulam movement.

Released at a popular book store here on Monday, the book is an investigative account of the daily, non-violent protests that women from villages around the nuclear plant have been conducting in Idinthakarai. Ms Vaid said she spent time with the protesters after they had already been protesting for over 600 days. Hers is an account of how radiation from the plant is a constant fear for these women, which dominates their life. […]

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