the Closing day plenary, 9th August 2004.
World Conference against A & H Bombs, Nagasaki.
M. Channa Basavaiah,
Anti-Uranium Mining Alliance, India.
Greetings from the Anti-Uranium Mining Alliance, umbrella organization
of grass-roots movements struggling against uranium mining in three
states of India. The victims of uranium mining and processing in
Jadugoda constitute Hibakusha of India, as they are affected by
internal radiation. And as the victims of radiation, and movements
fighting against radiation, we consider that the process of uranium
mining and processing constitute a subtle nuclear war carried out
every day, domestically. Since the uranium mining ultimately connected
to the nuclear weapons programmes we oppose Nuclear Weapons programmes
of all the countries of the world, including India and express solidarity
with nuclear disarmament and peace movements of all over the world.
At the same time using this occasion of World Conference Against
A & H Bombs, Nagasaki, I would earnestly appeal to all the peace
movements and groups of the world to take a holistic view of the
nuclear issues in opposing uranium mining, nuclear power generation,
and all kinds of nuclear weapons programmes, including the stockpiling
of the so called gDepleted Uranium Shellsh. It may be noted that
uranium never depletes properly. Radiation dies only in its natural
course after living for billions of years, continuously affecting
the health of several generations of the people.
Moreover, I would like to emphasize the fact that the victims of
uranium mining, whether in India, Australia, America or Sub-Saharan
Africa, are indigenous/tribal/native people. Their voices are not
articulated in the mainstream. There is a dire necessity to give
voice to their problems in the conferences like this to sensitize
and build public opinion against radiation effects arising out of
uranium mining and power generation leading to its unsafe waste
disposal. These activities do not constitute development. They only
spread the radiation and thus cause the destruction of the health
of people for several generations to come.
We the Anti-Uranium Mining Alliance, India consider that there
are several alternatives to nuclear power generation. These alternatives
are eco-friendly and do not harm the people. They are also renewable
and have shown successful results in last few decades in India as
well as in the remaining countries of the World. What is needed
is the political will on the part of the rulers of the countries
to explore these alternatives and implement them. Then it is possible
to have radiation free world in the future.
As the individuals, groups, movements aiming at gAbolition of Nuclear
Weapons and No more Hiroshimas and No more Nagasakish, visualizing
radiation free safe world for the sustenance of our future generations,
there is an utmost need to articulate the nuclear issues holistically
and take up the jobs of advocacy, activism and struggles in respective
countries to achieve our common objectives.
Thank you very much.