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Save Hasdeo Forest

Adivasi men look out on the vast PEKB coal mine that’s destroyed much of their ancestral land. Hasdeo Forest, Chhattisgarh.

Adivasi men look out on the vast PEKB coal mine that’s destroyed much of their ancestral land. Hasdeo Forest, Chhattisgarh.
© Vijay Ramamurthy

India’s Adivasi (indigenous) communities are resisting a plan to destroy vast areas of their forests for coal mines. They’re up against huge corporations and the most powerful people in the country, and they desperately need outside support.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, wants a massive expansion of coal mining in India, to one billion tonnes per year. 80% of the new mining areas are on Adivasi lands.

Despite a decade of resistance from Adivasis, Modi’s government has approved a massive new coal mine in the rich Hasdeo Forest in Chhattisgarh state.

Over 20,000 Adivasi people live in, depend upon and revere the forest. Their lands and livelihoods will be wrecked, and the mine will be a disaster for the fight against the climate crisis.

Please email Narendra Modi and ask him to stop mining in Hasdeo Forest and ensure no mining occurs on Adivasi lands without their genuine consent. There’s not a moment to lose.



To: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Dear Prime Minister Modi,

I am deeply disturbed at the granting of clearance for the Parsa mine in Hasdeo Forest. The Adivasis who live there are adamantly opposed to it.

Your plan to open 55 new coal mines and expand a further 193 would devastate the Adivasis’ ancestral lands, destroying their livelihoods and futures. It makes a mockery of India’s claim to be at the forefront of the fight against the climate crisis.

Under national and international law, such mines should not go ahead without the Adivasis’ genuine consent – and they are deeply opposed to the mines.

I urge you to reverse the clearance for the Parsa mine and reinstate Hasdeo Forest as a “no go zone” for mining. It is vital that you commit your government never to open a mine on Adivasi lands without their genuine consent, in line with both national and international law.

Yours,