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.
For distraught Phailin survivors, life is little consolation
Their shelters and livelihoods ravaged by the deadly recent cyclone, many women along Odisha's coastline are are so bereft of any hope for the
future that they feel it would have been better to be among the dead.
meets some of them.
New report on POSCO - who's listening?
The report of the Roy Paul Committee set up by the MoEF to examine and act on the earlier judgment of the Green Tribunal recommends several studies and assessments, but few of those seem to have been considered in the most recent appraisal.
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.
Rights Act, not working right
There is wide-spread failure in safeguarding the rights of forest communities protected under the Forest Rights Act. State and Central
Governments are complicit in diluting it.
Why bother complying with regulations if a committee can decide that it didn't matter much that the law was bypassed?
MoEF finds itself on the backfoot, after its experts look away from the law.
Is the Forest Rights Act working?
Environmentalist Ashish Kothari discusses the politics behind the approval of the POSCO project, and how the FRA is
faring in Odisha, in conversation with
Anguish in Angul
The proposed natural resource extraction in Angul district and other nearby places in Orissa will devastate the land and its
already-suffering people even further.
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.
Haunted by the riots
Christian dalits and adivasis in Kandhamal district of Orissa live fearfully among their Hindu neighbours more than two years after
large-scale riots against members of their faith.
Round and round the sacred hills
Despite many violations, protests, and committee recommendations against mining in the
Niyamgiri hills, the region's fate lies in the corridors of power.
Holding their ground against POSCO
The steel plant and port proposed by the South Korean mining giant in Orissa has remained on paper, as local opposition has successfully fought off the
Starvation stalks Balangir, government in denial
Even as the state government refuses to accept the cause behind the recent 50 starvation deaths reported by the media, hunger stalks the people of Balangir and other KBK districts in Orissa portending more such tragedies, writes