Adani’s invasion of the central Indian forests

Bob Brown Foundation will hold a public gathering outside the Indian High Commission in Canberra on Saturday 15 June to protest Gautam Adani’s plan to desecrate an Indian forest for coal.

‘Early last month, the Environment Ministry granted clearance for diverting more than 842 hectares of forest for mining coal in the state of Chhattisgarh’s Parsa block. The region is part of the pristine Hasdeo Arand forests. The coal will be mined from the area for use in captive power plants operated by the Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited. The mining operations will be handled by Rajasthan Collieries Limited, a unit of Adani Enterprises.’ outlines the planned invasion of the wildlife-filled Hasdeo Arand forest by Gautam Adani’s bulldozers in central India.

This travesty parallels Adani’s planned mine in Queensland where Black-throated Finch woodlands will be bulldozed to make way for a coal pit bigger than Sydney Harbour.

The Gond people of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh oppose the destruction, just as Wangan and Jagalingou people oppose Adani’s invasion in Queensland. In both cases, the links of the native people with their land go back generations but outsiders have stacked consultations in favour of Adani.

In India, the targeted 842 hectares of forest is in one of the largest forest habitats, with wildlife including elephants, sloth bears and leopards. The Gond make their living out of gathering forest products. In Australia, Adani threatens the ‘oasis’ of the Doongmabulla Springs, vital to Wangan and Jagalingou culture.

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