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From: R Ajayan <neerajam2004@ yahoo.com>

Date: Sun, Feb 22, 2009 at 7:17 PM
Subject: [anticocacolastrugg lesupporters] AN OPEN LETTER TO SASITHARUR
To: anticocacolastruggl esupporters@ yahoogroups. com

14 February 2009
An Open Letter to Shashi Tharoor,
You are aware that Coca Cola plant at Plachimada, Palakkad in your native State 
of Kerala has been shut down since 2004 as they failed to get the requisite 
licenses from the Kerala Pollution Control Board and the Perumatty Panchayat. 
The primary reasons for this are:

Coca Cola polluted the ground water with deadly toxic and carcinogenic cadmium 
and lead which Coca Cola does not list under 'raw materials' and refuse to 
provide an explanation for their presence 

Coca Cola distributed and spread around these deadly toxic and carcinogenic 
cadmium and lead through their waste sludge and slurry under the guise that 
these are good soil nutrients

Coca Cola did not supply piped water to the affected families as ordered by the 
Supreme Court Monitoring Committee on Hazardous Waste
Coca Cola, as the single most largest extractor of ground water extracting at 
the highest rate, largest transporter of water to the outside through 
softdrinks, a non-essential luxury good, contributed the  largest to the 
depletion of ground water

The anti Coca Cola struggle launched in 2002 in Plachimada by primarily the 
Adivasis and Dalits, is the longest popular struggle in the history of Kerala 
supported by the widest sections of the people of Kerala and of all political 
You may be aware that protests have been going on elsewhere in the country 
against many other Coca Cola plants as in Mehdi Ganj and Kala Dera for similar 
destruction of environment, water and livelihoods. You may also be aware about 
the allegations against Coca Cola for getting its own workers assassinated in 
Columbia through the drug mafia which was to be enquired into by ILO. Coca Cola 
products were also indicted by Centre for Science & Environment, New Delhi, for 
producing and selling bottled water and softdrinks with pesticide and other 
contaminants. Latest in the series is the $7.59 million penalty that Coca Cola 
agreed to pay in February 2009 to the City of American Canyon in
 Napa County, USA, for violations in wastewater treatment permit since 2005 
till May 2008 that resulted in high concentrations of contaminants that 
interfered with the City's wastewater treatment process and posed an 
environmental hazard.
A former Under-Secretary- General of the United Nations, author, 
writer-columnist and an advisor to several institutions and reportedly 
nurturing political ambition, it is with shock and dismay that we, in your 
native Kerala, have to see you as a Member of the Advisory Board of Coca-Cola 
India Foundation[1]. We condemn your insensitivity and unconcern to align with 
the criminal Coca-Cola against the people of PLACHIMADA.
VELUR SWAMINATHAN   ,SECRETARY                  Plachimada Adivasis Samrakshana 
Plachimada Samara Aikyadhardya Samithy

[1] http://www.cokefact s.com/PressCente r/Press_Release_ Coca-Cola_ 
India_Foundation _set_up_4th_ Dec_07.pdf 

In a press release from New Delhi dated December 3, 2007: […..] setting up of 
Coca-Cola India Foundation […]This Foundation with an initial corpus of USD 10 
million would focus on a range of activities including water, the environment, 
healthy living and social advancement. " Mr. Muhtar Kent, President and COO, 
The Coca-Cola Company […] The advisory board members of the Foundation include 
Mr. Justice J. S. Verma, Former Chief Justice of India and Chairman National 
Human Rights Commission, Dr. Mithu Alur, Founder/Chairperson , Spastics' 
Society of India and The National Resource Centre for Inclusion, Mr. Javed 
Akhtar, Poet, lyricist, script writer and social activist, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, 
Author and international civil servant, Mr. Bunker Roy of Barefoot College, Dr. 
Naresh Trehan, cardiologist and opinion leader, Mr. Roshan Seth, Actor, 
socialite and theater personality, Dr. (Mrs.) Shyama Chona, Principal, Delhi 
Public School. Mr. Yogesh Chandra is
 the CEO of the Foundation.


Plachimada Solidarity Committee
Ph:- Res 0471-2730464
Mob- 09847142513
Res Add - Neerajam,

               Kerala, India










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