This article presents an investigation into strategies employed by privately-owned companies to gain access to land for resource extraction in Jharkhand where much of the land being put under the shovel is inalienable adivasi or tribal land and deedless commons. It concludes that although policy reforms are welcome, cosmetic changes in mineral governance laws are inadequate to protect the interests of the poor. It suggests an alternative vision, a complete overhaul of mineral ownership to allow the poor to share the revenue benefits.

This book brings together current knowledge and cutting edge interdisciplinary perspectives from renowned scholars on the histories, politics, ecologies and cultures of water in South Asia. It explores the complexities of the issues and challenges thrown up by contemporary water management practices in the South Asian region.

In India, mining is one of the main economic activities since time immemorial, giving rise to a long historical tradition of artisanal mining. As modern mining rose during the colonial occupation, artisanal mining activities began to be overlooked and this great tradition became obscure.

A National Level Consultative Meet was organised to discuss issues pertaining to Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM) in India on 20 March, 2007, at the Center for Science and Environment, New Delhi.

This study aims to provide a clearer picture of gender roles, issues and concerns in the artisanal and small mines1 (ASM) sector in India. Women constitute a large segment of workers
in the informal2 mines all over the world. In India, however, the patriarchal social structure tends to obscure the contributions made by the women workers in these mines. This exploratory

Coalfires, both underground and on the surface, are a serious problem in most major coal-producing countries of the Asia-Pacific region including China, India and Indonesia. Australia also experiences similar problems but on a somewhat smaller scale. Coal fires produce large quantities of CO2 along with several other noxious gases such as carbon monoxide, oxides of sulphur and methane. It has been noted that greenhouse gas emissions from coalfires are significant enough to create a global impact.

Extensive coal mining in Raniganj, Bihar, has not only displaced communities but has also affected the lifestyle of the locals