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

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Beyond Corruption in Mining: A Derailed Democracy

The revelations of the Karnataka Lokayukta report are symptomatic of a larger story that goes beyond corruption in high places. There has been a neglect of state institutions and decisions by the executive are taken not under consultation with the assembly but as decreed by a new religious math-temple-resort complex that has come to wield power and influence. Democratic processes have been sidelined and people's movements have been corrupted. The uneven growth of the state economy that has accompanied these processes holds out the danger of Karnataka becoming a land of deep inhumanity.

(1) A Network of Illegalities and Irregularities: Search and Seizure procedures yielded information on a vast network of forged permits, fake transactions, false accounts, and unaccounted funds. There have been rampant irregularities in the leasing of land including forest and reve-

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