It was the meeting of the Action Council called by poet activist Sugathakumari, to protest against the proposed insane idea of an international airport at Aranmula.
Mother Nature seemed pleased, it was raining cats and dogs once the people were inside the hall, and as
Thomas Issac, senior leader of the CPIM, said that he was not against development of infrastructure but wanted it in tune with the people’s need, in tune with nature’s harmony. But these are all violated in the case of Aranmula, where vested interests and other unseen forces have high jacked the elected government itself. The corporate agenda is being bull dozed over the people. It was ridiculous that the members only area of the Kerala Assembly saw the operators of the private airport company creeping in and passing on notes to the ministers answering member’s questions, said M A Baby, former minister and one of the ideologues of the Party. It was a CPIM, MLA, Raju Antony, who raised the issue before the Hon. Speaker who could only tell that the matter shall be enquired in to. This is trashing democratic governance itself, as he said. And it was bizarre that this was one Project that an Assembly Committee, nine member CP Ahmed Committee, had unanimously recommended as illegal and unviable and hence to be dropped. More than six major laws are violated and the very government has consented to be a party to the crime, instead of enforcer of law.
When the Oommen Chandy government keeps reiterating that the early permissions for the airport were given by the former LDF government N K Premachandran, former minister and leader of the RSP, wanted things clarified and said we are five ministers in that ministry present here. The cabinet decision was one asking the company to seek its own lands within the laws of the land. But when they captured private lands with fraudulent records, when they encroached public lands and even filled a river the Collector of the district booked the offenders. Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala, has summarily transferred the Collector the day the High Court asked the government to follow statutes, said Thomas Issac. That the Union Minister of Defense A K Antony, whose ministry denied permission to the private airport for strategic reasons later had to swallow his own words point to the extra constitutional interference in the state apparatus and that will see anarchy tomorrow as they said.
The basics of a law abiding civilization have been violated as never before in history as speaker after speaker
narrated. No law permits killing of a river, there is open arrogance in violation. They showed apprehensions that the days ahead shall see anarchy and mayhem if people lose their belief in abiding the laws and Oommen Chandy and his people shall pay a very heavy price, the state apparatus shall fail. Baby felt surprised that the august office of the President of the Indian Union was penetrated by a nefarious private company, who addressing the joint houses of the Indian Parliament, had to highlight this obscure airport. It makes one fear about the sovereignty of this country under this government, he said. Mullakkara Ratnakaran, a core leader of the agitation at Aranmula said that his Party has all along stood by the movement against the airport and shall be in the fore front in future too. Aranmula shall decide tomorrow’s Kerala politics, he added. We cannot fail in Aranmula, if that happens it will be a failure for every Malayali, he added.
Gopalan Kutty Master, Chief of the RSS in the state, soft spoken and to the point said that this fight is for Dharma and it is Dharma that wins ultimately. The enemies may be powerful, they may win in small battles, but the ultimate victory shall be for Dharma. It is a human rights issue, survival issue at Aranmula and we shall stand by all those who fight for it, and pay any price till it is won, said Gopalan Kutty master. The struggle at Aranmula will not remain confined to Aranmula, Pathanamthitta, or even Kerala as he said, it is a national issue and the organization is geared up for the logical conclusion of the matter. Maleth Sarala Devi, a Congress leader and native of Aranmula said that she has to fetch drinking water from a kilometer away despite living on the banks of the river Pampa. Do we dishonor nature after learning lessons, she asked, she said that the prayers of those affected shall change the scene. Aranmula is sacred territory she said and thanked the fragile old mother Sugathakumari for her leadership and direction. People of Aranmula are all with you, she told Sugathakumari.