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POSCO Exit

POSCO’s announcement of its withdrawal from Odisha is a major victory for the small farmers, forest dwellers and fisherfolk who have opposed the steel project since 2005. The victory celebrations of the local communities, however, have been muted because their struggle against corporate greed, and the destruction of land and habitats has left them with over 2,000 warrants for arrest, 400 police cases, lives lost, livelihoods disrupted, communities fractured, and the constant memory of violence and repression.

Undermining Adivasi Interests

The haste with which a public hearing was pushed through for Sesa Sterlite's expansion of its Lanjigarh facility in Kalahandi, Odisha leads to the assumption that perhaps the acche din promised by the new government are actually for the corporate sector. There seems to be an overt and covert effort to ensure that big corporate houses take over the development projects at the cost of local communities and natural resources. The Dongria Kondhs who have been opposing the expansion have been paying the price in terms of daily repression and arbitrary arrests.

Undermining Adivasi Interests

The haste with which a public hearing was pushed through for Sesa Sterlite's expansion of its Lanjigarh facility in Kalahandi, Odisha leads to the assumption that perhaps the acche din promised by the new government are actually for the corporate sector. There seems to be an overt and covert effort to ensure that big corporate houses take over the development projects at the cost of local communities and natural resources. The Dongria Kondhs who have been opposing the expansion have been paying the price in terms of daily repression and arbitrary arrests.

The Crisis Is Upon Us

On 19 May in Kaithal, the Haryana police and government let loose brutal violence and repression against workers and their families, led by the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. The might of corporate India with the government as its agent was on full display even as the mainstream media chose to ignore the entire episode.

The Crisis is Upon Us

On 19 May in Kaithal, the Haryana police and government let loose brutal violence and repression against workers and their families led by the Maruti Suzuki Workers Union. The might of corporate India with the government as its agent was on full display even as the corporate media chose to ignore the entire episode.

On Understanding the Incomprehensible - II

The editorial has left us dumbfounded. Placing the Delhi gang rape in the realm of incomprehensibility is itself re-inscribing a mystification and essentialist barbarity (the “primitive”) both of which are very unhelpful in understanding and opposing it and indeed feed right into the equally...

The Price of Dalit Assertion

In Odisha, especially in the western part, dalits face a peculiar situation. On the one hand, they suffer the indignity of the age-old caste system and on the other, they are perceived by tribal communities as "exploiters", and at times, bear the brunt of their fury too. Such a perception accentuates the hatred against dalits and also seems to justify attacks. This fi eld study in Lathore, a village in the block of Khaprakhol of Balangir district of Odisha, demonstrates how in such a hostile atmosphere, even minor incidents involving individual dalits lead to horrendous consequences.

How Many More Arrests Will Orissa See?

Much before Operation Greenhunt, people's movements have been facing repression on a sustained basis in Orissa. This state has seen struggles of different ideologies and political persuasions coming up as people's lives, livelihood and natural resources are at stake. While the question of land for the adivasis remains unaddressed by the government, protesters are often met with bullets. Against this backdrop, this article analyses how and why the popular movement in Narayanpatna, a predominantly tribal populated block in Koraput district, became so threatening to the state and local elite.

On Women Surviving Farmer Suicides in Punjab

How have women been coping in the aftermath of farmer suicides in Punjab? This article is based on detailed interviews with 32 women in three districts of the state. Accosting the reality of women caught in the vortex of the agrarian crisis, one painfully comes to terms with the newer hardships that the structures of marriage and family pose for them. Their reality and struggle compels the framing of new questions for the women's movement and the seeking of novel forms of redress and strategies to overcome their plight.

Normalcy Far from Returning to Kandhamal

Eyewitness reports in the first fortnight of October from Kandhamal describe the miserable conditions in which the victims of the recent riots in this district of Orissa continue to live. It is clear that the government's claims of a return to normalcy in the area are false and that much needs to be done. People are leaving the camps to live in towns and even to other states. There is a palpable fear of insecurity among the survivors.

Arrest Most Foul

The arrest of Binayak Sen of the People's Union for Civil Liberties poses a fresh challenge for people struggling against exploitation and oppression by capital and the Indian state. The civil rights movement, in particular, faces a grave threat.

Endemic to Development

The recent killing of 12 adivasis and one policeman in police firing in Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district of Orissa must be viewed against the background of the expansive and at times explosive process of capitalist development. Be it Gandhamardhan, Baliapal, Gopalpur, Chilika, Kashipur, Niyamagiri, Lower Sukhtel, and now Kalinga Nagar, the process of bringing "industrialisation" and "development" to Orissa has met with stiff resistance by the people.
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