The idea is praiseworthy: beating Maoists with a development offensive. But, as our reporter stationed in a Jharkhand forest since April has found, the offensive is progressing at a snail’s pace. Deadlines are missed, few goodies delivered
India’s growth is cast in Saranda’s iron. The forest sits on one of the world’s largest iron ore deposits. The tribals in the jungle have always had little chance against awe-inspiring earthmovers and the round two is going to be no different. A ground report on the whats and whys of the Saranda Action Plan
Tribals in this forest region of Jharkhand are used to a life between coal mines and land mines. In the state’s struggle to flush out Maoist guerrillas and make its presence felt – with an eye on exploiting mineral reserves, development is the latest weapon. Will it succeed? Will people truly benefit?