The India Shuffle #5

INDIAN EXPRESS – Around 15 Maoists are thought dead in Chhattisgarh in retaliation for yesterday’s attack that killed 26. No bodies have been found. The problem with this is it’s impossible to know the truth of what happened. Is it true? Are the police trying to raise morale by pretending they have successfully retaliated? Were they really Maoists? It’s so messy.

SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL – are rightly pissed off that the Indian government is pushing ahead with the controversial mine in Orissa that will destroy the Dongria Kondh’s deity. It’s not only the Avatar overtones that make this story important – it’s also a perfect encapsulation of the lack of political representation afforded tribes like this.

BBCNepal’s prime minister has resigned in a bid to get the peace process moving. What happens next should be interesting.

KASHMIRTehelka has an interview with Hurriyat head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in which he says the government has to stop the killings before a dialogue can begin. WSJ discusses the impact on tourism.

BBC – A BJP leader has been sentenced to 7 years for his part in anti-Christian riots in Orissa in 2008.

THE HINDU – India has joined the FATF, which maintains standards on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism.

INDIAN EXPRESS – Loads of dirty money in education, particularly through bribes to get on medical and professional courses.

FINANCIAL TIMES – India is becoming a major area for charity-giving, with Oxfam India raising $2 million in the past year.

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2 responses to “The India Shuffle #5

  1. Why would the Prime Minister directly intervene to have the mining project cleared, as the article linked to above reported he has done? I don’t understand the logic in this case – what has Congress to gain from this deal going through?

    • Mining is a big potential growth area for India. It currently contributes around 2.8% to GDP but could contribute twice that or even more, given all the valuable mineral resources India sits on. Big international companies have been reluctant to get involved, however, partly because of all the problems of acquiring land from tribal people – and I suppose the prime minister wants to show that these problems can be swept away. It’s a pretty risky strategy.

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