The Communist "U" turn

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.

Now enter Kerala High Court of ban-smoking, ban-student-politics fame, and they have a ruling in favor of Coke.

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?

10 Responses to The Communist "U" turn

  1. Seriously Sandeep April 12, 2005 at 11:38 pm #

    Applause

    Head over to JK who says,
    Then suddenly some other Commies realized that a) People were working hard and earning a living b) This means they are being exploited.
    Priceless.

    Clap clap clap.

  2. Manoj April 13, 2005 at 1:34 am #

    Don

  3. Nikhil April 13, 2005 at 11:46 pm #

    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?

    So if a building doesn’t abide by the fire safety regulations, the fire, when it occurs, should’t be put out?

    The problem was not just of drawing excess groundwater, but also one of toxification.

    http://www.indiaresource.org/campaigns/coke/2004/cokespins.html

  4. JK April 14, 2005 at 12:04 am #

    Manoj, never thought in that angle.

    Nikhil, The court has ordered a scientific study to find out if the house is actually on fire. But our discussion here on the careless attitude of the Commies in sanctioning this plant and then turning around and trying to shut it down.

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  6. Nitya April 14, 2005 at 4:42 pm #

    It is easy for someone who lives somewhere in US to throw comments on matters they do not have first-hand knowledge. People who have been experiencing drought, lack of rain and severe water shortage cannot give away the very little ground water resource they have, in the name short-term benefits like employment generation. In long run when the under-water resources dry-up Coke would close down it

  7. JK April 14, 2005 at 6:02 pm #

    Nitya,

    It is indeed sad that the Communists who claim they are for the people screwing up people’s lives like this. They should be held accountable for all these problems you mentioned – dried-up water resources and polluted soil.

    How come these geniuses could not figure that you need water to produce coke and Palakkad is one region which has had droughts before.

  8. Ram Mohan May 23, 2005 at 10:46 am #

    There is nothing wrong in cancelling a permit to start industry if it is harming people and denying them their basic right.

    It is not correct to blame Communists in this case.
    Employment generation is very important for any Government. If some Company like Coco Cola is mis-using ground water such that people in that area are denied their basic Right, we can always re-consider the earlier permission given any government.

    Only Fools will blame Government. Here the same Communists who were in power are ready to join their hands with the people. Infact, they are in the forefront.

    I don’t know why this idiot is calling Nayanar a comedian. Nayanar was far better leader than any of the Congies and Sanghies.

  9. JK May 23, 2005 at 11:08 am #

    Ram Mohan, and only idiots like you will support governments who approve Coke plants in drought hit areas.

    I have heard so many Nayanar speeches and his phone-the-Chief Minister program. He thrives on making funny comments. Now when I look back and ask what is his legacy, there is nothing to point to.

  10. Zing May 25, 2005 at 1:40 am #

    heyy folks , Please avoid using offensive language :) Letz make it a place for some a healthy discussion.

    I am not poking at the communist govt, but I am wondering why high court issued such a verdict favouring the soft drink giant? Is it because there is not enough laws on environmental protection? how can our judiciary ignore the problems of the people in an entire panchayat ? that too violating the terms in panchayatraj act ? This is a serious situation.

    It is really dissappointing that none of the major political parties have come forward to support the locals in perumatty panchayat.

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