|India's Nuclear Ambitions:
Who Pays the Price?
|Featuring a Film Screening of
Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda (1999)
Followed by a discussion with
Shriprakash (director of the film)
Ghanshyam Birulee and Dumka Murmu - grassroots organizers with JOAR (Jharkhandi Organization Against Radiation)
||Thursday, Dec 7, 7pm
Building 200, Room 219, Stanford University (map)
For more info, visit http://www.friendsofsouthasia.org
emergence in the nuclear energy and nuclear weapons arena comes at a
colossal human cost. Jadugoda, a tribal town in a mineral-rich belt in
Jharkhand, is the only source of Uranium in India, and the indigenous
people of Jadugoda have been paying with their lives - seeing their
community's health destroyed, their environment devastated. To resist the occupation and devastation of their land by uranium mining, the people of Jadugoda have organized themselves as JOAR - Jharkhandi Organization Against Radiation, and their demands range from better safety measures against radiation, to protection of their environment, to opposition of planned open-cast uranium mines.
We will watch "Buddha Weeps in Jadugoda"
- a ground-breaking documentary that shows the consequences of decades
of uranium mining for this community. Following the film screening, we will hear from Ghanshyam Birulee and Dumku Murma,
grassroots activists from JOAR, who have been at the forefront of this
decades-long struggle for justice and basic human rights, as well as Shriprakash, the filmmaker.