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01 October 2014
ENVIRONMENT : MINING

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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 ORISSA

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 ORISSA

IMPACT ASSESSMENT
POSCO ruling sets new terms
The National Green Tribunal's judgement in the POSCO case has implications for many other industrial development projects in the country. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports.
Environment Environmental Law and Regulation

MINING
The battlefield of hopes
As in many other struggles around the country, in Kalinganagar too there are fractures within the opposition to the proposed industrial plants, and families are torn apart by bleak choices. Freny Manecksha reports.
Displacement ORISSA Human Rights

MINING/TRADITION
Grappling with change
Communities along the Shnongrim ridge are caught between the plans of mining companies and their own traditional livelihoods. Some are changing their minds, while others despair. Sonata Dkhar reports.
Livelihood Environment

DRAFT MINING REGULATION
Mining vs. Communities
The Sustainable Development Framework has captured the feedback of civil society and communities about mining-related damages, but the draft regulations for mining don't reflect this understanding, writes Kannan Kasturi.
Environmental Law and Regulation Laws

ENVIRONMENT/MINING
Blinding lure, dirty lucre
Extracting enough gold to forge a wedding band leaves behind at least 20-30 tons of waste and environmental devastation. Mahazareen Dastur writes about the costs of gold mining in the first of a two-part series.
Environmental Hazards Environment

SERIES: COSTS OF GOLD MINING - II
Gold mining: The way forward
Gold mining wreaks havoc on the environment and humans alike, but some precautionary measures and fair practices can help minimize the damage. Mahazareen Dastur concludes this two-part series.
Environmental Hazards Environment
 

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