A good friend, Felix Padel, great-great-grandson of Charles Darwin and an anthropologist in Orissa for around 30 years has co-authored what looks like a great book on the mining of aluminium and the devastating impact it has on tribal communities and society in general. I’ve yet to get my hands on a copy but I’ve heard Felix talk at length on these topics and it promises to be a vital read in terms of understanding the impact of global cartels on developing societies as well as the underlying reasons for the Maoist insurgency in India, and no doubt much more.
Here’s a blog post about it from someone who attended the launch in Delhi this week. As Professor Amit Bhaduri said: “It offers a multidisciplinary approach to the complex problem of mining. It reveals that we’re the world’s largest democracy without the (freedom to make the) smallest of choices.”
You can order copies from bookshops in India or from http://www.orientblackswan.com/