Thursday, 19 January 2012
Dongria Kondh’s resistance against Vedanta
"They [Vedanta, a mining company] want to take these rocks [bauxite, the raw material of aluminium] from the mountain. These rocks are the reason our children can live here. Because of these, the rain comes. The winter comes, the wind blows, the mountain brings all the water. If they take away these rocks, we'll all die. We'll lose our soul."
"Initially, they [Dongria Kondh, the locals] welcomed the company. But now they realize their mistake, because they live like dogs. Now they realize they've lost their land and their homes forever.
"When people said they wouldn't leave, they [Vedenta] came with bulldozers at night and demolished their home."
"But now the bauxite dust is mixing into the wells and streams."
"Now they're trying to tell us that the company will do good things. But we say, "You don't have to take care of us. We can take care of ourselves. We'll lead our lives the way we know."