Kudankulam Background from The Week:
- The agreement on the Kudankulam nuclear power project was signed in 1988 by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. It hit the first roadblock when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991.
- Owing to the political developments in Russia, the construction of the plant started only in 2001.
- Concerns about the safety of the plant rose after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 caused by an earthquake and tsunami. People of Kudankulam started mass protests against the plant.
- In November 2011, a panel constituted by the Union government, which did a survey of the safety features in the plant, said the reactors are safe.
- In February 2012, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh blamed some western NGOs for fuelling protests against the Kudankulam plant.
- In March 2012, an expert panel constituted by the Tamil Nadu government submitted a report in favour of commissioning the plant.
Joanna Sugden and Aditi Malhotra, "Anti-Nuclear Campaigners Down, Not Out," The Wall Street Journal, India Real Time, May 6, 2013.