India’s environment ministry damns Vedanta’s Nyamgiri mine
It wasn’t a foregone conclusion. However, following the unequivocal high-level condemnation of Vedanta’s proposed bauxite mining of the Nyamgiri hills in Orissa, a fortnight back, it would have been surprising had India’s environment minister not halted the project in mid-stream. It’s also little wonder that both domestic and international media made a great deal of this victory. The issue has proved to be one of the most contentious of its kind anywhere, during recent years. But we may ask whether this really was a “David versus Goliath” battle, as portrayed by some – and whether the struggle is over?