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With this introductory remark New Times Observer, the only English weekly published since1966 continuously from Pondicherry elicited Nandhivarman's reply on what is Annaism?Annaism stands for universal affinity, equality, fraternity, liberty, honesty, purity, sincerity,morality and for socialism and democracy in their truest sense and meaning.Within 2 months of Anna DMK's inception N.Nandhivarman was suspended from PondicherryState Anna DMK leadership. The public reason in the first expulsion said it is for personalreasons. Later he joined DMK and remained in DMK till 1994. In 1996 when Dravida Peravaiwas floated "Annaism" emerged as the party's goal.In search of redefining the goals of Dravidian Movement the new party listed out certaineconomic goals. One such goal of the party is single global currency. No one who espousesglobalization will be ready to accept this because it cuts into the roots of speculative capitalism.The first struggle was for safeguarding the ground water. By joining hands with certainindividuals of Ashram, in the Supreme Court battle to relocate a water intensive distillery in thebeach we won and shifted the 100 year old Government Distillery from Beach. Then joininghands with Narambai Fishermen's Panchayat the long drawn struggle to prevent a MultiNational Corporation uprooting entire village to set up its shop followed. The list of strugglesand their successes will be given below.
FISHING VILLAGE FIGHTS AGAINST M.N.CFISHING VILLAGE FIGHTS AGAINST M.N.CFISHING VILLAGE FIGHTS AGAINST M.N.CFISHING VILLAGE FIGHTS AGAINST M.N.C
Narambai is a fishing village off the Bay of Bengal within the territorial limits of theUnion Territory of Pondicherry. There was an attempt to evacuate the entire village toset up an offshore LPG plant from their traditional homes where they were pursuingtheir profession for centuries. The Congress Government led by V.Vaithialingam gaveclearance to this project, which will hurt the fishing village. The Narambai fishingvillage Panchayat took up cudgels against this move which snow balled into a fightfor finish to both sides. We reproduce in verbatim a report from INDIAN EXPRESSdated 27.05.1995.
LPG PROJECT NEAR PONDY COAST-IVILLAGERS WAKE UP TO ECO PROBLEMS, TO PROTEST
The residents of a cluster of villages in the Union Territory of Pondicherry are gettingready to take on a mega multi crore industrial project which they fear will sound thedeath knell of not only their livelihood, but also threaten their right to life. Whileenvironmental activists are jumping into the fray to stop this project, an encouragingsign is the manner in which these uneducated villagers are arming themselves withsimple technical knowledge on what environmental and health hazards this projectmay pose for them.