People of Odisha are an “Icon of Unity and Beacon of Hope”
The National Council of Churches in India rejoices over the decision of the POSCO (Pohang Steel Company) Korean Mining Company to withdraw from the lands of Odisha and asking the State to give back the lands to the Tribals and Adivasis from whom the lands were taken. This was officially announced and confirmed through a media statement by Shri Devi Prashad Mishra, the Honorable Minister for Industry, Government of Odisha.
The resilient struggle of the people has borne fruit. It is a victory of not only the people of Odisha but also of all Peasants, Fisher-folks, Forest-dwellers engaged in movements to save their land, life and livelihood. Over a decade, the people of Odisha were struggling to redeem their land and life from the forces of corporate empire. They demonstrated their opposition through various Gandhian style non-violent means such as hugging the scorching sandy earth while facing the onslaughts of the authoritative powers.