Caterpillar and the mahua flower: tremors in India's mining by Rakesh Kalshian

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Besides, while Chhattisgarh faces an electricity shortage, the government promised to provide the companies with the infrastructure for ensuring a steady electricity supply. The agreements do not mention whether such facilities can be extended to the public. In the MoUs, the state assured the companies that it would lease new iron-ore mines to them while also granting them the lease of the existing mines owned by the government. The companies also do not face any restriction on extract and export of iron ore for a good 99 years for which the agreement will be valid.

On October 24, 2001, when tribals resisted the acquisition, the police beat up and fired 54 CATERPILLAR AND THE MAHUA FLOWER on innocent people. Over 50 were badly injured, many of them women. Despite this, the tribals decided in their gram sabha on March 2, 2002, that the land acquisition, whenever it was done, would have to be carried out according to the laws of the land. They decided that the displaced tribals would have to be rehabilitated, and given land to make up for what they would lose.

I asked him, ‘Sir, what do you mean by development? ) Can you call displacing people development? The people, for whom development is meant, should reap its benefits. After them, the succeeding generations should enjoy its benefits. That is development. ’ Development is not destroying mountains that are millions of years old. If the government has decided that it needs alumina, and has to mine bauxite, they should give us land as replacement. As Adivasis, we are cultivators. ”7 It’s clear that the pursuit of aluminium results in cultural genocide in two ways.

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