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

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Defeat for Vedanta

The overwhelming rejection by India’s Dongria Kondh Adivasi (indigenous) communities of a proposal to mine their sacred lands is an unprecedented victory for indigenous rights in the face of business interests.

A seventh adivasi village, Phuldumer in Kalahandi district of Odisha, voted against plans of Sterlite India, a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources, and the state-owned Odisha Mining Corporation, for a bauxite mine in the Niyamgiri Hills. The decision means that a majority of the 12 villages that are being officially consulted by the Odisha authorities have rejected the proposal. The news comes in the wake of Vedanta Resources’ impending Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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