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Defiance: how tribal forest people have taken on the might of Adani's coal juggernaut
Jun 20, 2024
Goldman Prize winner, Alok Shukla, describes the triumphs and trials of the indigenous people of the Hasdeo forests in their struggle against Adani's coal mines.

For more than 10 years, the indigenous people of India’s Hasdeo forests have struggled to protect their ancestral lands from a slew of Adani coal mines. In this interview, Alok Shukla, winner of the prestigious Goldman Prize, tells Abir Dasgupta of their tribulations, triumphs, setbacks and continuing defiance.

The Hasdeo people’s long, hard struggle against Adani’s coal projects. (

India's Hasdeo forests - a treasure trove of biodiversity and the ancestral lands of indigenous people that lies atop huge reserves of coal wanted by Adani.

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