ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Kakarapalli: Another Blot on India's Democratic Systems

Two people were killed in police firing on 28 February in Kakarapalli in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh when they were protesting against the location of a 2,64o mega watt power plant in a wetland that provides livelihood for fishing and salt-producing communities and that in law should not have been diverted to industrial use. The story of Kakarapalli is a familiar one: rules are twisted to suit corporate interests, government officials ignore the law and the concerns of local people are given short shrift. How many more Kakarapallis have to happen before the State realises where its responsibilities actually lie?

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