THE NEWS IN PROPORTION
03 December 2016
MINING IN HASDEO ARAND
Too many questions? Take away the right to ask!

The Chhattisgarh government has nullified the community rights of a section of villagers under the Forest Rights Act, as it was being used by them to oppose mining in the region. But why are the local people up against mining? Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.

Environment Environmental Law and Regulation


BAUXITE IN BAPHLIMALI
In Odisha, more tribal voices against mining
Around the country tribal communities are fighting against the mining companies, whose operations have threaten their livelihoods and ecosystem. The Kashipur movement to protect Baphlimali in Odisha is a classic example. Unfortunately, this too, like many other protests, saw merciless suppression and gross violation of human rights, reports Abhijit Mohanty.
Environment Human Rights

SAND MAFIA
The sand mining conundrum
Per Supreme Court's order without environment clearance mining of sand is prohibited across the country but as Kanchi Kohli reports reality is different.Illegal sand mining is on rise to meet the increasing demand of the construction industry and impacting the ecosystem of our rivers and communities depending on the river.
Environment

GROWTH VERSUS IDENTITY
Why the Dongria Kondh rejected development in the Niyamgiri Hills
The 2013 rejection of the bauxite mining plan in Odisha’s Niyamgiri Hills by the local tribal gram sabhas is hailed as the first successful environmental referendum in the country. Meenal Tatpati and Rashi Misra visit the region to find out what led the people to oppose the proposed ‘development’.
Livelihood Forests Adivasis Human Rights

COAL WASHERIES
Coal-related pollution chokes mining towns in Jharkhand
The Dhanbad and Jharia regions in Jharkhand, noted for rampant coal mining and related operations, face grave environmental issues due to dumping of pollutant by-products from coal washeries. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports after a visit to Dhanbad.
Environment JHARKHAND

CEC REPORT ON MINING
A new course for iron ore mining in Odisha
Rejection of regularisation of mines operating beyond lease areas and compensation for other violations being used for tribal welfare are among the recommendations of a recent report on mining in the state. Kanchi Kohli places the key points in context.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation Odisha

FIGHTING DISPLACEMENT
Why the market fails to lure Mali Parbat’s militant environmentalists
The efforts of metals major Hindalco to mine bauxite from Mali Parbat in Odisha has run up against stiff resistance from local Kondh adivasis, who wouldn’t shy away from militancy to protect their ecology, if needed. Javed Iqbal explores why they reject ‘industrial development’.
Displacement Land Adivasis Human Rights

MINING IN ODISHA
A battle that hasn’t been won in nine years
With numerous court cases, regulatory rulings and pending environmental clearances behind it, the South Korean steel major POSCO still persists with its plans in India. Kanchi Kohli looks at the latest in the case and wonders why.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation Odisha

ELECTIONS IN KERALA
Will the Western Ghats decide Kerala’s mandate?
The controversy over the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports on ecological preservation in the Western Ghats has brought about a churn in politics in Kerala. P N Venugopal wonders if this will determine the decisions of the electorate in the Lok Sabha elections.
Environmental Hazards Elections Government KERALA

MINING TROUBLE
Steeling into Rowghat’s future
Iron ore from the proposed Rowghat mines in Chhattisgarh is crucial for the sustenance of the Bhilai steel plants. This, however, not only poses a grave threat to the forest ecology of the area, but is also itself vulnerable. Kanchi Kohli details the complexities.
Environment Displacement

SHAH COMMISSION REPORT
Can illegal mining be stopped?
The Justice M B Shah Commission set up by the Ministry of Mines may have been prematurely discontinued, but its substantial impact in the early stages and interim findings clearly point to what its final report may hold. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

PEOPLE AND THE JUDICIARY
'Courting' controversy
India has been witnessing a rising trend of judicial intervention and directives in cases involving a face-off between large institutional projects and the people they affect. Kanchi Kohli looks at two recent judgments as she tries to explore the real impact of such court rulings on the struggles at the grassroots.
Environmental Law and Regulation Laws

BAUXITE MINING IN ODISHA
Niyamgiri gets some time to breathe
The battle between Sterlite Industries and tribal communities over mining in the Niyamgiri hills may not be just over yet, but the most recent Supreme Court judgment empowering the gram sabha has come as a temporary reprieve for the people. Kanchi Kohli reports.
Forests Environment Odisha
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