Grappling with change [India]

Author: Sonata Dkhar, India Together , Published on: 12 November 2010

"Why should they come? They have their land and we have ours - they don't have the right to take our land", retorted Mei, an old lady from Nongkhlieh elaka of Jaintia hills in Meghalaya, on being asked about the coming of the cement plants and the coal miners to their area... but if the government allows industries to flourish all this land will be destroyed"…His fears are now slowly but surely becoming a reality. The beginning was the clearance given for setting up Cosmos Cements Ltd...For a few, the coming of cement plants and mining will assist in bringing development to the area.

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