August 25, 2010
Indo-Americans have applauded India for reportedly rejecting bauxite mining by multinational company in remote tribal area of Orissa, which the environmentalists had described as devastating to the area environment and tribes considered sacred.
Noted Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that Government of India apparently took into consideration the concerns of the tribes living in the area and issues raised by environmentalists involved and it should be commended for that.
Rajan Zed, who is the Chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, pointed out that it seemed that issues like sacredness of the mountain, disturbance of lifestyle and tradition of the tribes, affect on ecosystems-water sources-wildlife-water pollution-displacement-deforestation-endangered species, etc., outweighed the financial interests of the miner Vedanta.
Niyamgiri Hill range, where the bauxite extraction was planned, is reportedly considered sacred by the Dongria Kondh tribe.
Vedanta had reportedly proposed a 2.7-billion-dollar investment in the area. Survival International led the campaign against mining and parallelized the plight of Dongria Kondh to the Na'vi tribe in blockbuster "Avatar" (James Cameron). Celebrities like actress Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous), activist Bianca Jagger, BAFTA winner actor-comedian Michael Palin (A Fish Called Wanda), etc., reportedly voiced against the proposed mining project. Church of England reportedly sold its shares in Vedanta in view of inconsistency with its investment policy. (ANI)