One is not used to reversals of this order. Reversals suffered by those in power and those who abuse power. Such a tearing up of an agreement with a foreign company about to engage in such a massive project surely indicates something very rotten?
And in case you have forgotten, there are other fresh examples in Bangladesh of this kind of environmental mayhem. I would point you to Tanvir’s documentary “Karnaphulir Kanna.”
Power cuts are a pain and they damage the economy. So Bangladesh needs to secure energy and it could be that the powers that be are going to go after it with the help of London-based Asia Energy . They are planning to develop an open cast coal mine and a 500 megawatt power station in north west Phulbari region. Included in the plans is the displacement of tens of thousands of people including minority communities.
The santals must be wondering when they are going to get some peace and quiet. Since the 19th century these guys have been getting it in the neck from the hegemonic bengalis. The government has to make up its mind. Unlike the TATA thing, this might go through on the nod and that could spell disaster for many.