India: Development at a Price

Increasing Transparency and Accountability in the Extractive Industries – Authors Ritwick Dutta, R. Sreedhar and Shibani Ghosh Summary The extractive industry in India is expanding due to liberal government policies, high rates of return, low investment risks and…

Mining Matters

Our country is endowed with huge resources of many metallic and non-metallic minerals. The mining activities are extremely poorly regulated despite the fact that as early as 1948, the founding fathers of the constitution realized this need. Over 80000 mines operate…

Western Ghats – Environmental and Forest Right Concerns

The Western Ghats range extends from river Tapti in Gujarat in the north to Kanyakumari in the  south,  approximately  1,600  km  in  length  and  passes  through  six  states  of  the  Indian  Union  covering an area of about 1,62,000 sq. kms…

Land and other Resources Requisition and Reparations Bill

It is commonly recognised that the existing Land Acquisition Act and its earlier amendments too are strongly colonial in nature. For  a Sovereign Secular Socialist Democratic Republic the perspective and tone of the bill is incongruent to the current realities. In…