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Foil Vedanta
An independent campaigning organization focused primarily on the British-Indian mining giant Vedanta Resources PLC.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Location:
London, London
United Kingdom

Email address:
foilvedanta@riseup.net

Type of network resource:
  • Activist Organization
  • Internet Resource

Issues addressed:
  • Environmental Justice
  • Human Rights
  • International Development

Description

Foil Vedanta
Foil Vedanta is an independent campaigning organization focused primarily on the British-Indian mining giant Vedanta Resources PLC. Contact us on foilvedanta [at] riseup [dot] net

Vedanta is headed by Britain’s seventeenth richest billionaire, Anil Agarwal, and was launched on the London Stock Exchange in 2006 with the assistance of the UK’s Department for International Development and Department of Trade and Industry, who continue with their support. Vedanta is a major producer of aluminum, a strategically important metal for the UK’s huge arms industry.

Vedanta has mines, refineries and factories in various states in India – including Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Goa – as well as in Zambia. In Orissa Vedanta hopes to mine the mineral-rich Niyamgiri mountain. This would destroy the lives and livelihoods of the Adivasi (aboriginal) Dongria Kond people who live in the region. Despite the Indian Ministry of Environment repealing permission to mine Niyamgiri in 2010, Vedanta continues to push for the project, which if successful would be an act of cultural genocide.

Vedanta has been exposed for corruption and illegal land acquisition in the city of Puri, where it attempted to build a 9000 acre corporate University with the $1 billion sponsorship of Anil Agarwal. In Goa it’s mining operations have caused massive pollution. Today Vedanta, helped by the Indian Government, also has it’s eyes on oil extraction in Greenland and Sri Lanka.

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