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ANALYSIS-Vedanta row puts environment in India policy focus

By Krittivas MukherjeeNEW DELHI, Aug 25 (Reuters) - India's decision to reject UK-based Vedanta's plans to mine bauxite points to tighter enforcement of environment laws, a commitment to playing by the rules rather than a political campaign against mega-corporations.In a landmark decision on Tuesday, the environment ministry blocked Vedanta's mining project in eastern Orissa state because the forest-hills it would have destroyed are intertwined with the lives and livelihoods of local primitive tribes.It was a stunning victory for a four-year-long global campaign for the Dongria Kondh tribe against a giant mining firm that has been pitchforked into India's debate over environmental laws.It also infused life into the environment ministry with its maverick minister, Jairam Ramesh, whose tussle with his cabinet colleagues on clearing forests for mining and roads underlines India's struggle for sustainable growth."What Jairam Ramesh is doing is saying if you have to do business here play it...

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