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

Articles By Banikanta Mishra

Paan or POSCO?

With a growing betel vine sector as well as thriving paddy cultivation and fishing, it is no wonder that villagers in Odisha's Jagatsinghpur district have resisted the state government's forceful acquisition of land for the POSCO project. Political parties of all shades as well as the intelligentsia are increasingly coming together in support of the agitation. The future of the anti-POSCO movement looks bright, but will it put an end to POSCO's plan?

Agriculture, Industry and Mining in Orissa in the Post-Liberalisation Era: An Inter-District and Inter-State Panel Analysis

The liberalisation process that started in India in the early 1990s has made Orissa potentially the most attractive destination for large capital-intensive projects by private-sector firms - typically mineral-based ones. These projects are facing opposition from the people, especially those likely to be displaced and those who will be indirectly affected. At the same time, the state's woes - poverty and unemployment - remain to be addressed. Against this backdrop, this article examines - both analytically and empirically - the path taken by the three important sectors of the state: agriculture, industry, and mining. Based on an inter-district and inter-state panel analysis, the paper highlights the serious decline in the Orissa's agricultural sector - still the only significant determinant of per capita income in the state - while the mining sector, be it in production or exports, has flourished.