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THE pri­vati­sa­tion of In­dia’s moun­tains, rivers and forests by gi­ant min­ing com­pa­nies in the name of progress has caused eco­log­i­cal dev­as­ta­tion and dis­place­ment of the poor (“Gun­ning down a protest”, June 22). The gov­ern­ments of Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Ch­hat­tis­garh and Jhark­hand have through hun­dreds of mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing signed over trillions of dol­lars’ worth of baux­ite, iron ore and other min­er­als to many pri­vate cor­po­ra­tions for a pit­tance. Roy­al­ties to the govern­ment range from 0.5 per cent to 8 per cent. Such re­dis­tri­bu­tion of land and wealth is not just un­demo­cratic but lu­natic. SHOVANLAL CHAKRABORTY


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