Kudamkulam: A delegation led by Mr Reny Ayline,the Secretary of National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) presented the prestigious Mukundan C Menon Award 2012 to Dr S. P. Udayakuamar, the teacher-activist who leads the struggle against Koodankulam nuclear power project in Tamil Nadu.
The venue was packed with hundreds of people. NCHRO has been giving the award in memory of Mukundan C Menon, prominent human rights activist and founder General Secretary of the NCHRO.Mukundan C Menon, during his career was an active journalist fought against fascist communal groups and the victimization of weaker sections in the society
The annual award is given to people who render meritorious service in the field of human rights and environmental protection. It carries a cash award of Rs.25000 a citation and a plaque.
The jury has selected award to Dr.Udayakumar consists of Prof.Nagari Babayya (Bangalore), Prof.R.Ramesh (Bangalore), N.P.Chekkutty (Calicut), J.Devika (Thiruvananthapuram) and Prof.A.Marx (Chennai).
Dr Udayakumar thanked NCHRO and said that the award was given not to him but to the people who are agitating against the nuclear power plant.
Born in Nagerkoil, Tamilnadu Dr.Udayakumar was educated in his hometown at Thiruvananthapuram and had his doctorate from University of Hawaii, Honolulu in political science. He has been teaching at various universities in India and abroad and has to his credit a number of academic
works and reports focusing mainly on political and development issues. Married to Meera, he has two sons Surya and Satya.