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Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel

Samarendra Das (Author) Felix Padel (Author)

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.

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About the author

Felix Padel

Felix Padel is a freelance anthropologist trained in Oxford and Delhi universities. Interested in tribal cultures, the natural environment and tracing the origins of society, he connects his life and work with his great-great grandfather Charles Darwin. He is also a performing musician in Indian and Western traditions, and lives in Wales and Orissa.

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Title Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and the Aluminium Cartel
Format Softcover
Date published: 02.11.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789352879267
length xxxii+776p., Illustrations., (Black and White)., Maps., (Black and White); 22cm.