“Kodaikanal Won’t” is a protest song, composed by Indian rapper, against industrial pollution. The protest video uses Nicki Minaj’s ‘Anaconda” as the backing soundtrack.
Well, if you (somehow) disagree with the politics involved, you can still enjoy the good music by this talented rapper.
Chennai-born rapper Sofia Ashraf creates a protest video against FMCG giant Unilever for its failure to clean up mercury contamination and to compensate workers affected by its thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, a city in South India.
Nicki Minaj – Anaconda…original video
So what exactly are they protesting against?
The factory operators did not give its workers any protective equipment or information about the disastrous impact that mercury has on health.
The factory owned by Hindustan Unilever also dumped toxic mercury around their plant, and this has not been cleaned up in the 14 years since this plant was shut down. The contamination continues to impact forests and groundwater.
The workers cannot afford private healthcare. They have been fighting for Unilever to clean up the toxic contamination and compensate them for their medical expenses as a result of mercury for many long years. They need us to stand with them now, more than ever.