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September 2010

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Sayantan Chakravarty


It is an age-old story where the rich browbeats the poor into giving away the only thing the poor values above all else—his natural, peaceful habitat. It is also a story of opposing political colours unable to reach a consensus. This time, such a story made headlines in Orissa’s tribal belts, home to the ancient indigenous people of Niyamgiri Hills. The rich businessman who is out to build a multibillion dollar aluminum complex (after mining bauxite) is U.K.-based NRI businessman Anil Agrawal of Vedanta group. Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh has shown plenty of spunk, and withstood pressure from even within his own Government, and stalled the Vedanta project, much to the disappointment of Orissa’s chief minister Naveen Patnaik. This is the second large project that Ramesh has stalled in Orissa, the other being the POSCO group’s steel plant at Jagatsinghpur. In the case of the steel plant, Patnaik complained to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene. In this classic tale of the powerful against the weak, and of divided rulers, we have our cover story by veteran journalist and long-time Orissa watcher Nitish Chakravarty.

Our issue this time has interesting features like the one on the Sikh community of Argentina, or the sari bonding among Parsi women in Mumbai. Both stories are about communities whose actual numbers are small in the countries of their domicile, but whose impact has remained very strong.

We have put an inspirational story in our world pages—that of 40 American billionaires pledging to give away a large part of their wealth for charity. The volumes of money involved are mindboggling, so it is important to find credible agencies through which they must be channelized to reach the target group. The USA has over 400 billionaires.

Our toned up NRI Empire section is a collection of the diaspora’s saga in different areas in different parts of the world. We also have a feature on the elite Global Advisory Council set up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and what it aims to achieve.

Happy reading.

Sayantan Chakravarty

Consulting Editor
Rakesh Krishnan

Head - Design and Layout
Jaydev Bisht

Contributions From
Jagannadham Thunuguntla
Nitish Chakravarty
Kavita Sharma
Hilton Yip 
Leela Gujadhur Sarup
Ashraf Padanna
Chidanand Rajghatta
Serena Vora
Deepika Sorabjee
Yogi Ashwini

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