Stalling India's Progress by Sanjit Das

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Savita Mandal, the widow of 34 year old Dula Mandal shows a photo of her deceased husband. Dula Mandal died in his village (Govindpur) on June 20th 2008 when pro-posco agitators threw a bomb at their group. Clashes between supporters and opponents of the Posco project have injured 50 people, and angry farmers have erected a bamboo gate at the entrance to the village of Dhinkia to keep outsiders away. All the residents of this village would be displaced if plans for the new steel works are allowed to proceed. South Korean steel giant Posco continues to face stiff public resistance in Orissa's Jagatsinghpur district where the company is setting up India's biggest direct foreign investment project of a 12 million tonne steel plant, at the cost of USD 12 Billion. Villagers have formed an agitating group, "Posco Pratirdh Sangram Samiti" to oppose the construction of the Posco development, which will displace thousands of people and make agricultural land untenable.