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Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel
Samarendra Das and Felix Padel
Price
1545.00
ISBN
9789352879267
Language
English
Pages
808
Format
Paperback
Dimensions
180 x 240 mm
Year of Publishing
2020
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient Blackswan

While we all depend on this earth, do we really understand how nature sustains us, and what we are doing to it through mining? What is the real cost of the unending extraction of minerals—for power, for industries, for our food packaging, vehicles, arms and ammunition—and this ‘development’ on local inhabitants and ecosystems? Who benefits from this, and whose lives are destroyed?  

Out of This Earth answers these questions through a detailed account of the aluminium industry. Focusing on the Khondalite mountains in the eastern Indian state of Odisha, capped by some of the world's best bauxite deposits, the authors trace the roots of this industry, which promises prosperity to the most marginalised sections of the world’s poorest countries, yet end up causing untold damage.

Moving beyond Odisha, this book provides a macro-view of the aluminium industry, the complex web of interests it sustains, and its disastrous effects in many nations, including Brazil, Australia, Guyana, Jamaica, Guinea, Ghana and Iceland.

Indigenous communities, however, are confronting the political-industrial complex right now. The book presents a bottom-up view of how affected communities in east India and elsewhere are resisting their displacement. The authors seek recognition for the non-violent tribal movements across the land, which aim to protect sustainable lifestyles from the harmful effects of mining and metal factories.

Samarendra Das is an activist and filmmaker based in London.

Felix Padel is an anthropologist trained at Oxford and Delhi universities.

List of Abbreviations
List of Tables, Images and Maps
Preface
Authors’ Note
Acknowledgements

PART I WHITE METAL: GREEN MASK

1. ‘It all starts with dirt’

2. The Hidden History of Aluminium

3. Konds and Khondalite

4. Bauxite Business in Odisha

5. Kashipur’s ‘Development’

6. Lanjigarh: Vedanta’s Assault on the Mountain of Law

PART II NIYAM RAJA MEETS THE WORLD-WIDE WEB: ALUMINIUM’S SOCIAL STRUCTURE

7. Under Mining Law

8. Aluminium India

9. The World-Wide Web

PART III ‘ALUMINUM FOR DEFENCE AND PROSPERITY’

10. Aluminium Wars

11. ‘Prosperity’ and Price Fixing

12. The Real Costs of Production

13. Cultural Genocide: The Real Impacts of ‘Investment-Induced Displacement’

PART IV COMPANY RULE

14. Corporate Takeover

15. Starvation Deaths and Foreign Aid

16. Moneylender Colonialism: The World Bank Cartel

17. NGOs and the Culture of Appropriation

18. Homo Hierarchicus: Company Man

PART V MOVEMENTS FOR LIFE

19. Andolan

20. Sense of Sacredness

Glossary
Appendices
Bibliography
Index

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