Friday, August 19, 2022

Anoushka Shankar is fighting with Adivasis against coal mining

Hasdeo forest in Chhattisgarh is home to 20,000 Adivasis. Anoushka is focusing on the impact of coal mining in the area

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Indian-American musician and Grammy Award winner Anoushka Shankar is using her position to focus on the impact of coal mining on the Hasdeo forest in Chhattisgarh, India, that is home to 20,000 Adivasis.

Shankar has narrated a new film that shows the Adivasi opposition to starting coal mines in the Hasdeo forest. There are two open-pit coal mines in the forest. And, according to a press release from Survival International, a London-based non-profit organisation that works to ensure the rights of tribal and Indigenous people, three new mining projects will be set up in the forest.

Adivasis demands have not yet been heard by the authorities, even though they had marched 300 km to the state capital and sat in continuous protest in the forest for more than a hundred days

The Adivasi communities in the Hasdeo forest have been fighting to save their land for more than a decade. Some of their leaders have faced threats and false charges.

Their demands have not yet been heard by the authorities, even though they had marched 300 km to the state capital and sat in continuous protest in the forest for more than a hundred days.

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Toshi Jyotsna
(Toshi Jyotsna is an IT professional who keeps a keen interest in writing on contemporary issues both in Hindi and English. She is a columnist, and an award-winning story writer.)

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