Nirvana in Kalahandi

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/03/2010

The Vedanta ads about its aluminium project in Kalahandi is making people wonder whether it is okay for newspapers to accept advertising that makes misleading claims. The full page ad which appeared on March 3 in the Hindustan Times, and in the Indian Express and elsewhere earlier, paints a rosy picture of how the project will transform Kalahandi and claims not a single tribal family will be displaced due to the mining project.  

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