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Lanjigarh block, Kalahandi, Orissa, May 17: At its summit, the northeastern ridge of the Niyamgiri hill range has a bald patch, typical of hilltops with bauxite deposits. A dense tree cover that provides a welcome shade to climbers struggling some 8 km up the steep forest path gives way to a vast stretch of open grassland. A full-grown leopard silently pads across the open expanse. Up here, all is at peace. For now.
Down below, in Lanjigarh and in the faraway plains of Bhubaneswar and New Delhi, a battle is being fought over this hilltop. On one side are environmental, political and human rights activists and local people who wish to preserve this hill, its forests, and a way of life. On the other, is a multi-million dollar company, Vedanta Resources Plc, powerful enough to bend rules, which wants to tear open the hilltop for what lies beneath, and a state government eager to hand over its mineral treasures to private companies. The final decision rests with the Supreme Court. Stakes are high, on all sides.
MAUREEN NANDINI MITRA visited Lanjigarh to understand the project, its promoters, its proponents and opponents and what all this holds for the environment and economy of the country
Land acquisition is at the centre of intense political and social disputes in the tribal hinterland of Chhattisgarh. On the one hand, Naxal extremists enforce their version of justice by opposing land alienation. But the new state has its compulsion — industrialisation. That is where the Salwa Judum movement kicks in: it moves tribal people out of their land to expose rich subterranean resources. MAUREEN NANDINI MITRA discovers the nuances of the struggle on her travels
Assam faces a spate of malaria deaths. As the disease assumes near epidemic proportions, it is becoming increasingly clear that the government does not have the will or infrastructure to cope -- either in Assam or other affected regions. But what is most damaging is that health authorities seem to be in denial. vibha varshney in Delhi and maureen nandini mitra in Assam piece together a story of health mismanagement
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