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Rural Communties In Eastern India Compete For Resources

Published by MAC on 2007-01-13

India update: Orissa

13th January 2007

At the core of the mounting unrest, sometimes open revolt, among Adivasi and other rural communties in eastern India is competition between industry (especially foreign-based) and agriculture - not just for land but also water. Even where compensation has been agreed with displaced families, rarely are the promises fulfilled.

Little wonder, then, that - a year after the horrendous events of early 2006 - the tribal peoples' blockade at Kalingangar continues, while new protests are erupting elsewhere, virtually every week.

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