Niyamgiri is in the news and once again to determine whether or not the bauxite deposits that lay underneath its forest, should be mined. The Odisha government has gone back to court saying that the Gram Sabhas (village assemblies) in the area should be reconvened to consider whether mining can be carried out by the state run unit the Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC).
This hill range that spreads across Rayagada and Kalahandi districts of Odisha, has been under contest for more than a last decade. Hidden from public eye, Niyamgiri ironically rose to being an international phenomenon when logics of home, culture, nature and came to clash with state aspirations for growth and corporate interest in extract profit. Read more