Government must reconcile – growth and preservation conflict.

‘Environment protection’ may very well be the two words that encapsulate the defining zeitgeist of this decade. The environment vs industrial development debate that has earned the spotlight today, gets more glaringly hyper-critical when it comes to the Mining industry. ‘Mining’ with the image of the raw brown earth it conjures up stands for everything repugnant about Industry in the minds of the planet saviours.  But for a resource-rich, developing country like India, still grappling with mind-numbing poverty and unemployment, mining is the bridge between resources and their optimum utilization; between the harsh burden of want and the soothing comfort of modern amenities and sometimes more simply, …

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