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February 12, 2015

Panos fellow Surya Shankar Dash’s short film on the politics of land acquisition creates a stir

Vedanta, a UK-based company allegedly involved in the destruction of Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa, was chosen in June , 2009 as the recipient of the London-based World Environment Foundation’s award for best practices in environment management. The jury comprised two former Chief Justices of the Supreme Court, Justice Ahmedi and Justice Bhagawati.  To protest and expose the true face of Vedanta Aluminium Limited, a subsidiary of UK-based Vedanta Resources Plc, a 30-minute film, Sham Public Hearing: The Real Face of Vedanta,  made by independent filmmaker Surya Shankar Dash was released in New Delhi on June 11. Surya Shankar Dash is one of young film-makers trained by Amar Kanwar under a Panos South Asia project to make short films on the politics of land acquisition. Protests by concerned citizens and organisations forced the organisers to “review” their decision

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