Back in 2013, as he sat fasting for days against the Mannargudi Coal Bed Methane project, ecological crusader Nammalvar explained his opposition to the non-inclusion of any farmer from the Cauvery delta in the committee formed by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa to study the fallout of the project. "Kaipunnai parka kannaadi etharkku." (who needs a mirror to see a wound in his hand).
Months later, he died on his way to a protest against another methane gas project.
Four years later, one of the young protesters in Kumbakonam and Neduvasal against the union government's proposed hydrocarbon exploration project is Hari Prasanna Kumar — engineering graduate, yoga practitioner, acupuncturist, plastic recycler; but most notably, an 'ayya' proponent......................Read more
Source: The Times of India