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

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ORISSA- Adrift Middle Class

ORISSA Adrift Middle Class Manoranjan Mohanty ORISSA recently crossed its fiftieth birthday as a separate province. Whatever little celebration the state government had organised was overshadowed by a host of distressing stories. People of Kalahandi were still reeling under drought-generated conditions. Report of the accident at the Salal dam construction site in Jammu in which 40 Oriya migrant labourers were killed in December came to light almost on the eve of the Orissa Day which was on April I. Tribals of the Gandhamardan Hills were agitating against the bauxite mining by BALCO which uprooted them, dried up the streams which were the only source of irrigation for their land and destroyed their unique eco-system, thus affecting the life of 50,000 tribals. On the east coast, people of Balasore had launched a campaign to prevent the establishment of a missile test range in BaliapaJ which displaces 1,25,000 peasants and fishermen and takes over 200 square kilometres of the fertile rice land of Orissa. The agitation continues as the government is determined to carry out the project. Add to it the bomb attack on the vehicle carrying the eminent editor of Samaj, Radhanath Rath, and the CPI leader, Gangadhar Paikray, which came in the wake of a series of assaults on journalists who were critical of the government.

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