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Indian Maoists Fight Mining & Destruction

Posted by redpines on May 17, 2011

This short article is remarkable for what it says about the resilience of India’s Maoists and tribal communities, who are often one and the same.

For a decade, a Maoist-controlled area in Jharkand, not far from some of India’s industrial strongholds, has been off limits to the state and captalist mining interests. The Maoists’ continued defense of these territories has likely prevented these interests from displacing tribal communities and destroying of their land. One police officer noted:

“If we have knowledge of mineral reserves, many private and public sector undertakings would be interested in taking up mining projects.”

The article originally appeared in The Times of India.

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Govt helpless as Maoists stall state mineral reserve survey

by Sanjay Ojha

May 17, 2011, 12.45pm

RANCHI: Survey on the state’s rich mineral reserves has been stalled because of Maoist-induced resistance by villagers. Though the state possesses rich reserves of iron ore, coal, mica, bauxite and uranium, the government is in no position to give details of the sources even 10 years after formation of the state of Jharkhand.

Sources in state mining and geology department allege serveral attempts in the past to assess the rich resources, enough to meet raw material requirement of industries for decades to come, have failed due to non-cooperation from villagers. “Whenever officials tried to assess the reserves, villagers opposed it. Our officers were not allowed to drill the crust in remote villages and deep forests,” said a source.

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