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Nitin Verma

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This paper seeks to map the extent to which civil society actors champion environmental justice in an industrial risk society. It examines the role of civil society actors in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, in being able to perceive industrial risk and push local concerns in development processes. The paper draws on qualitative and empirical research for a local case study in Merebank, South Durban, to explore how civil society engaged to organize and respond to local groundwater contamination caused by the German multinational Bayer, and also influence construction of knowledge around risk.

Ongoing free trade agreement talks between the EU and India have been

Neoclassical economics provides an effective ideological cover for modern-day sweatshops. (Editorial)

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development reports that transnational corporations (TNCs) are increasingly optimistic about the international investment environment and their own prospects for foreign direct investment (FDI) this year and beyond.

Discussion in Rajya Sabha on take over of major oilfields by Vedanta-Cairn.

Advocates of foreign ownership of agricultural land say it brings wealth, infrastructure and new farming techniques; opponents say that displaced and deskilled smallholders are often the result. When people talk about land-grabbing the immediate focus tends to be on issues like food security, land sovereignty and worries about a new, financial colonialism.

The Bhopal gas tragedy was the worst industrial disaster in human history. Twenty-five thousand people died, 500,000 were injured, and the injustice done to the victims of Bhopal over the past 25 years will go down as the worst case of jurisprudence ever.

If the news of alleged illegal mining in Karnataka by the Reddy brothers has generated much controversy, not far behind is the mineral-rich state of Odisha. RTI applications filed in the Odisha Pollution Control Board (OPCB) and State Forest Department have disclosed that illegal mining worth above 2,000 crore is being carried out by Essel Mining & Industries Ltd of the Aditya Birla Group.

A case under various sections of IPC was registered against then Union Carbide Corporation chairman Warren Anderson and several functionaries of the company for causing immense loss to human and cattle life. But it has not been handled with due care. There are so many disturbing aspects of the whole episode, reports N D Sharma from Bhopal.

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