It was a Communist Govt. that sanctioned the Coke plant in Kerala. Communists have no love for anything American and so no one knows why they did this. The Chief Minister at that time was E K Nayanar, who if not had become the CM, would have made an excellent standup comedian.
Few years back, Nayanar and group went to Rome and met the Pope. As a gift, Nayanar gave him a copy of the Holy Geeta. Stand back and enjoy the irony here. An atheist gifting a copy of a Hindu holy book to the head honcho of the Catholics. Maybe Nayanar’s neurons were tickled pink thinking about that scene that he approved the symbol of America in Commie heartland.
So the Coke plant started in Kerala and they started pumping water to make the carbonated water. Then suddenly some other Commies realized that a) People were working hard and earning a living b) This means they are being exploited. The Commie brigade got into action and accused the Coke plant of depriving the land of precious water. I think they Coke officials asked the Commies a way to produce Coke without using water, but the Party has an official ban against laughing at bourgeoisie jokes.
Then the protest started in full swing. The Panchayat revoked the licence of the plant. The drought in the region was accused on the Coke plant and not on the lack of rainfall.
In a major victory for soft drinks giant Coca-Cola, the Kerala High Court permitted its bottling plant at Plachimada in Palakaad district to draw groundwater not exceeding five lakh litres a day.
A division bench, comprising justice M Ramachandran and justice KP Balachandran, held that the Perumatty panchayat, where the plant was located, was not justified in refusing the renewal of licence to the plant before a scientific assessment had been made.
The bench has also asked the panchayat to grant licence to the company within two weeks if they possessed licence under the Factories Act and had clearance from the Pollution Control Board.
The judgment was passed while disposing of a batch of writ appeals by the Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages Ltd seeking permission to start production at its plant and challenging the panchayat’s refusal to renew the licence.
The panchayat’s petition against the state government’s order staying its decision not to renew licence to the company was also disposed today. [HC gives fizz to Coke Kerala plant]
If the Coke plant is actually causing all the problems mentioned by the protestors, wasn’t it the responsibility of the Communists to do a proper study of all these issues before sanctioning the plant? Aren’t they themselves the people to be blamed for all the suffering they are now protesting for?