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Environmental activist Prafulla Samantara will get Goldman Environmental Prize

San Francisco:24/4/17: Indian environmental activist Prafulla Samantara was on Monday announced as the Asia recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for championing the cause of Odidha’s Dongria Kondh tribals and safeguarding their land and culture.

Samantara, the sixth Indian to win the prize, which is also called the ‘Green Nobel’, had led a historic 12-year legal battle that affirmed the indigenous Dongria Kondh’s land rights and protected the Niyamgiri Hills in Odisha from a massive, open-pit aluminium ore mine to be set up by Vedanta Resources.

His case established a precedent authorising local village councils throughout the country to decide on mining activities in their regions, giving them control over their land, lives and destinies.

The previous five Indians prize-winners are Medha Patkar, MC Mehta, Rashida Bi and Champa Devi Shukla (jointly) and Ramesh Aggarwal.
The prize honours grassroots environmental heroes from the world’s six inhabited regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South and Central America.

This year’s other winners are Uros Macerl from Slovenia, Mark Lopez from the US, Rodrigo Tot from Guatemala, Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Wendy Bowman from Australia.

The prize recognises individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.

It views grassroots leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation in the issues that affect them

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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