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Mining

Lift your head from the sand

Issue Date: Aug 31, 2013
The outrage over the suspension of an official, Durga Shakti Nagpal, for simply doing her job—check illegal sand mining in the rivers of Uttar Pradesh—has highlighted a crucial issue. It is now evident that illegal mining of sand from rivers and beaches is rampant and the underbelly of this industry (I’m calling it industry for want of a better word) is powerful and connected.

Battle for Niyamgiri turns ugly

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2013

Dongrias decide

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013

Letters - July 16-31, 2013

Issue Date: Jul 31, 2013
It’s no ploy This is in response to the article, “Gods must be dazed” (June 1-15). It was on my behest that the decision to hold Dih Baba event was taken. It was meant as an organisation building exercise for tribal people and not as a tactic to file land claims on religious basis. I feel compelled to clear the air as equating traditional adivasi practices with religious tactics would start a trend of labelling all tribal activities as communal.

Heaven's rage

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
At 7.18 pm on June 16, Ram Singh heard the loudest crack in 45 years of his life. It was the deafening roar of a disaster. “I felt as if the sky had been torn asunder. Within seconds, a massive wall of water gushed towards Kedarnath Temple. Huge boulders flung into the sky like an explosion. In less than 15 minutes, thousands of people were swept away,” he recalls lying at the Rudraprayag district hospital.

Letters - July 1-15, 2013

Issue Date: Jul 15, 2013
FLUID FARMS

Victims of ‘growth’

Issue Date: Jun 30, 1999
As the title suggests, the book is about the displaced. It brings to the reader stories of those who have given up their land, their livelihood, their families and even their lives for the “greater public good” or “public purpose” or “national interest”.

Mining Bill gives people their due

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2013
IT IS one of those rare instances where the government upholds people’s rights without giving in to pressure from industry. The Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation (MMDR) Bill, which was sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel for an overhaul, retains the provisions that ensure mining companies share their profits with the affected community.

Tribal governance, Salwa Judum and Maoists

Issue Date: May 27, 2013
Tribal governance, Salwa Judum and Maoists  
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