Tribes | VOL. 13, ISSUE 81, November-December 2013 |

Niyam dongar

Jarapa Village’s unanimous ‘no’ completed the scorecard. In India’s first environment referendum, not one of the 12 villages, selected by the Odisha government to decide whether the Odisha mining corporation (OMC) and Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. (VAL) should be allowed in the Niyamgiri hills, cast a pro-mining vote. This meant that Vedanta did not get Stage 2 clearance—mining rights, for its project. The Niyamgiri hill range in Odisha is considered sacred by the Kondh tribe and other forest dwellers. The area...

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