The tribal people of Niyamagiri has once again won a crucial battle against the multinational mining giant Vedanta by unanimously rejecting its proposed mining plan in Niyamagiri. From Serakapadi to Jarapa all the twelve Gramasabhas (Pallisabha in Odisha) have not only vehemently opposed mining but also unanimously made their claim over all the hills and forests of entire Niyamagiri as their habitat and also their only source of live and livelihood. These historical pallisabhas were held after the supreme court on the basis of FRAct-2008 and PESAct on 18th April 2013 ordered the state Govt. to conduct pallisabhas among the villages going to be effected by the proposed mining. The Supreme court’s mandate was to settle the individual, community and religious-cultural rights of local tribals and other traditional forest dwellers staying in Niyamagiri and to decide whether the religious rights of the tribal people is going to be effected by the proposed mining in Niyama Dangar, one of the mountain in the Niyamagiri hill range. To make these pallisabhas transparent and fair, the Supreme court even ordered to depute a district judge as an observer and to vedeograph the whole proceedings.
From July 18th to August 19th, the monsoon of 2013 will go down in the history of India for hosting the country’s first of its kind of referendum on mining.… Read More