It may be the most genuine request that External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had to address on humanitarian grounds. But the timing in which Koodankulam anti-atomic reactor agitator S P Udaya Kumar sent his request seeking re issue of his imbounded passport has assumed wide public attention. An academic who teaches in many foreign universities, Udaya Kumar requested Sushma to release his passport saying teaching is his only profession that can help him support his family including aged parents, wife and two children.
But the letter concluded saying that he was writing it after knowing that the minister is known for taking wise decisions based on humanitarian grounds. He was apparently referring to Sushma’s claim that she facilitated Lalit modi’s Portugal visit on humanitarian grounds.
There are little chances that Sushama giving a humanitarian consideration to S P Udaya Kumar in the given troubled political circumstances. Here goes the full text of the letter. :
Dr. S. P. Udayakumar
42/27 Esankai Mani Veethy
Parakkai Road Junction
Nagercoil 629 002
Honorable Ms. Sushma Swaraj Minister for External Affairs
Greetings! My name is S. P. Udayakumar and I have been part of a peaceful and democratic popular struggle against the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in Tamil Nadu. As a result of my involvement in this struggle, the Congress government headed by Dr. Manmohan Singh impounded my passport under the false pretext of facing several protest-related cases. As a matter of fact, I had been working as a visiting professor in a few international educational institutions and that was the sole source of income for me and my family that includes my aged parents, wife and two children. As a result of the seizure of my passport, I am unable to travel abroad, engage in my teaching activities and generate the much-needed income for my family.
Since I hear now that you have been helping individuals with passport and visa issues on humanitarian grounds, may I request you to help me recover my impounded passport (J3347811 dated 15.09.2010) as soon as possible please. Looking forward to your timely help, I send you my kind regards and all peaceful wishes.
S P. Udayakumar, Ph.D.