REVIVING RIVER MYNTDU, REVIVING A LOST CULTURE

REVIVING RIVER MYNTDU, REVIVING A LOST CULTURE

First published on Vikalp Sangam. July 9th 2016 “The elders used to call Myntdu River their mother,” shares H. H. Mohrmen, a Jaintia Unitarian minister and an environmentalist from Meghalaya. Mohrmen is in a jeep with journalists, who are traveling to cover a unique riverine festival that is hosted by...

Outcry as Adivasi activist Gladson Dungdung is prevented from traveling to the UK

Outcry as Adivasi activist Gladson Dungdung is prevented from traveling to the UK

Originally published by Intercontinental Cry on 17/05/16   Last Monday Indian Government authorities prevented well-known Indian indigenous rights activist Gladson Dungdung from boarding a flight to the UK, sparking outcry from the international community who have condemned what appears to be a politically motivated move to muzzle the voices of...

Open Letter: Adivasi rights activist Gladson Dungdung prevented from boarding a Delhi-London Air India Flight

Open Letter: Adivasi rights activist Gladson Dungdung prevented from boarding a Delhi-London Air India Flight

The following open letter to the Indian High Commission was drafted at an academic forum on Wednesday, which was attended by Yes to Life, No to Mining member the Gaia Foundation. It condemns the muzzling of activist and human rights defender Gladson Dungdung and calls for awareness of this injustice...

Vandana Shiva – In Defence of Life

Vandana Shiva – In Defence of Life

  • Written on: 18 April 2016
  • Posted under: Videos

In this interview scientist and Earth Defender Vandana Shiva discusses the key ingredients for a strong mining resistance and deconstructs the myth that mining brings prosperity to the people. Drawing on her experiences resisting mining operations- and winning- in India, Vandana shows that small, well-organised communities can triumph against the...

India: Tribe set to resume David & Goliath battle with mining corporation

India: Tribe set to resume David & Goliath battle with mining corporation

Originally published by Survival International on 1/03/16. Odisha Mining Corporation: The New Goliath A tribe in eastern India are facing a new threat from mining on their ancestral land, despite having won a major “David & Goliath” legal battle in 2014. The Dongria Kondh were originally threatened by international mining...

Burying the Law to Make Way for a Coal Mine

Burying the Law to Make Way for a Coal Mine

Originally written by Kanchi Kohli and Alok Shukla for  by The Wire on 19/02/2016 The cancellation of  the community rights of Ghatbarra village over the Hasdeo Arand forest to make way for a coal mine raises many questions. When the Forest Survey of India’s 2011 report celebrated Hasdeo Arand as...

Adivasis’ Last Stand: The New Battleground Against Mining is Khandadhar

Adivasis’ Last Stand: The New Battleground Against Mining is Khandadhar

Originally published by Catch News on 07/02/16.   Every so often in India, the spotlight shines on the negative impact of mining on the environment and on the human beings closest to nature, the tribals. And then, seemingly within seconds, life goes on as usual. There’s a school of thought...

Climate Change and Coal Mining in India

Climate Change and Coal Mining in India

Originally published by the New York Times on 08/12/15.   Within hours of his arrival in Jharia, a remote corner of India’s Jharkhand State, Souvid Datta’s eyes teared up and his lungs burned. Swirling clouds of coal dust and toxic fumes from dozens of fires ablaze in open seams made...

Inside the indigenous movement to protect India’s commons

Inside the indigenous movement to protect India’s commons

Originally published by Waging Nonviolence on 28th October 2015.   In early October, news emerged that India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change was blocking the implementation of a high-level government panel’s report on tribal rights that recommended the creation of stringent rules to safeguard indigenous people from displacement....

India’s Coal Rush

India’s Coal Rush

  • Written on: 09 September 2015
  • Posted under: Videos

Video by AJ+ (Al Jazeera’s Digital Media Team) in March 2012.   This video is now a few years old and could definitely do with updating, especially as regards the booms in artisanal mining, the burgeoning forest protection schemes and the economic turmoil in the commodities markets causing (generally) falling...