In the summer of 2009, Resurgence published an article by Mark Helyar which detailed the David vs Goliath-type struggle that India’s Indigenous Dongria Kondh community were facing in Orissa state as giant mining company Vedanta Resources sought to quarry their sacred hills for the bauxite beneath. In a four-year real-life struggle that echoed the film Avatar – yet received little of the media attention the film enjoyed – the Dongria Kondh refused to give up the fight, effectively eliciting the lobbying might of international NGOs to support their cause.

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