ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Mining and Industrialisation

Dangerous Portents

People's movements in the various tribal districts of Odisha have been opposing plans for mineral extraction and industries that will deprive them of their land and livelihoods. However, the political and state machinery seems to have enthusiastically climbed aboard the development bandwagon, especially in the mining sector, and is little inclined to heed the voices of the poor, marginalised people. Money and greed being powerful motivators, the rapidity with which Odisha has been ceding rights to exploit its mineral wealth is alarming.

For insightful discussions, the authors thank Sudhir Pattnaik as well as Birendra Nayak, who also provided detailed comments on the whole draft. The authors are solely responsible for errors, if any. The opinions expressed here are personal.

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