The Dongria Kondh tribe who live in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa do not normally go to the top of the bauxite-rich slopes. The hilltop is considered sacred, the place where their presiding deity Niyam Raja (literally, the King of Law), or the Universal Lawgiver, is said to reside, and they leave it undisturbed. But recently, the Dongria Kondh set aside custom and gathered in droves at the top of Niyamgiri in a special ceremony to harden their resistance to Vedanta, the London-based mining company owned by Anil Agarwal, which plans to extract 80 million tonnes of bauxite from their hills.