July 14th, 2010

Having finally finished my book (due out August 2010), I treated myself to a “fat cat” weekend in Bangalore and went to see Avatar 3D. At the airport on my way back to London, I picked up my two favourite Indian news magazines: Tehelka and Frontline. Both current issues focus on illegal mining. Avatar isn’t science fiction: it’s happening right now (see the picture and caption on the left).

UPDATE: India’s environment ministry has rejected Vedanta’s application to mine aluminium ore in the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa (the site shown in the picture on the left). Vedanta can appeal, so this particular battle is far from over, but it shows that resistance is not futile.

  • http://twitter.com/ajaxchelsea Guanglei Li

    In China, the goverment are destroying everything. China has 5000 years history? No, just 50 years, maybe less. The farmers have to make guns by themselves to defend their houses. The citizens pour the gasoline to their bodies, try to stop the destruction. But it doesn’t work. Finally they burned themselves. But death changed nothing…Your house could be destroyed when you are sleeping in…All these things are happening now…

  • Rani

    Guanglei Li – that is so so sad. What should we do? I feel so useless. Is there anything ordinary citizens can do to fight this?