Mining

stone carving silicosis
Democracy
Health
Human rights

Temple carvers unite against scourge of silicosis

Pindwara, a small town in Sirohi district of Rajasthan, is the main hub for India’s temple-building industry. In the past three years, this sector has been found to spread fatal disease and death through silicosis among men, some as young as 19 years. The Swaminarayan sect’s imposing Akshardham temple, Bihar and Jharkhand’s Jain mandirs, renovations…

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Dongria Kondh Dance
Democracy
Media
Tribal rights

It seems Ashok Malik thinks tribals are too stupid to know their ground realities

It is a piece Ashok Malik wrote to explain Rahul Gandhi’s stupidity. It ends up improving my estimation of his intelligence. In a rather long winded post “Green means stop“, Ashok Malik shows his mastery over words and writing to an objective, but alas little respect for the intelligence of the Supreme Court or people. […]

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Dongria Kondh Dance
Environment
Land Rights

Spouting Vedanta, Modernity and tradition

When a “senior journalist who has written several books on development” abdicates either sanity or integrity or both and starts spouting propaganda that has been rejected by the people it attempts to enslave, it falls upon the humble blogger with no dependence on advertisers to call for a sanity check, because it appears that B […]

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Vidarbha: The Farmer Suicide capital of India
Democracy
National

Poverty in mineral rich regions

It is something I have noticed a few times now. Regions rich in mineral resources are poor. No idea why this is so, but one has to wonder if mining harms the interests of the region in ways beyond the obvious. Some examples off the top of my head. Vidarbha in Maharashtra has rich mineral […]

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