This book brings the discourses around social justice and sustainable development back into focus by looking at India’s mining sector and the state’s frameworks for economic development. The chapters in this volume analyse mining practices in the mineral-rich areas of eastern India through various case studies and highlight their immense human and environmental costs.

This volume critically analyses selected mining projects in India that have resulted in large-scale displacements, impoverishment and environmental degradation. It identifies the gaps in policy, its implementation, and the lack of safeguards which threaten the socio-economic and ecological ways of life and the livelihoods of the local communities. Based on documents, reports, interviews and field observations, this book engages with the issues surrounding the mining sector, e.g., land acquisition, land use and degradation, the politics of compensation, policies, agitation and social mobilisation, health and agriculture, livelihood and gender. It further provides an assessment of local political economies and offers suggestive frameworks for inclusive growth in this sector.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers exploring the disciplines of development studies, sociology, law and governance, human ecology and economics.

chapter 1|18 pages


Mining sector and the idea of development: challenges, policies and possibilities
ByS. Irudaya Rajan, Debabrata Baral

part Part I|102 pages

Development, displacement and dispossession

chapter 2|17 pages

When I listened to the voices of development communities

BySujit Kumar Mishra

chapter 3|19 pages

Coal mining-induced displacement and its impact on human development

A study on selected tribal households in Odisha
BySujata Sahu, R.K. Kumbhar

chapter 5|20 pages

Land grabbing in tribal mineral belt of Odisha

Implications for livelihood and environment
ByRamya Ranjan Patel

chapter 6|11 pages

Gender and the mining sector

Mapping the praxis of women workforce in the mining sector
ByDebabrata Baral

chapter 7|16 pages

Land acquisition and development-induced displacement in Odisha

A study on development projects in Western Odisha
ByNarendra Kumar Behera

part Part II|79 pages

Development, displacement and dispossession

chapter 8|11 pages

Development, displacement and disposession

A study of POSCO India transit camp
ByDebabrata Baral

chapter 9|21 pages

Impact of displacement on social life

A case study from Talcher Coalfield
BySuravee Nayak

chapter 10|25 pages

Land acquisition for mining and social inclusion in Talcher Coalfields of Odisha, India

BySaswat Kishore Mishra, Pulak Mishra

chapter 11|20 pages

Development, displacement and resistance movement

A reflection on Kalinga Nagar industrial complex
ByDinabandhu Sahoo

part Part III|28 pages

Emerging policy gaps

chapter 12|13 pages

Land rights

The penumbral region in Indian constitutional space
ByGarima Kirti

chapter 13|13 pages

A review of the audit reports on land acquisition and rehabilitation

ByHimanshu Upadhyaya