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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. Vedanta has denied allegations that its planned bauxite mine in eastern India would violate the rights of thousands of poor indigenous tribes people, saying that all its projects are conducted within the law and using international best practices. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. Vedanta has denied allegations...more

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. Vedanta has denied allegations that its planned bauxite mine in eastern India would violate the rights of thousands of poor indigenous tribes people, saying that all its projects are conducted within the law and using international best practices. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe stand behind the head of a goat which was sacrificed in a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe stand behind the head of a goat which was sacrificed in a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that...more

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe stand behind the head of a goat which was sacrificed in a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard...more

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A member of the Dongria Kondh tribe is wrapped in a Communist flag on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, during a protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

A member of the Dongria Kondh tribe is wrapped in a Communist flag on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, during a protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010....more

A member of the Dongria Kondh tribe is wrapped in a Communist flag on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, during a protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a trance during a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a trance during a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010....more

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a trance during a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe attends a gathering on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe attends a gathering on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard...more

A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe attends a gathering on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a trance during a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a trance during a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010....more

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe dance in a trance during a ceremony on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe walk on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe walk on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe walk on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe carries firewood as her fellow tribe members gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe carries firewood as her fellow tribe members gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain...more

A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe carries firewood as her fellow tribe members gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe carries firewood as other members of the tribe gather on Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe carries firewood as other members of the tribe gather on Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21,...more

A woman from the Dongria Kondh tribe carries firewood as other members of the tribe gather on Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause</p>

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe gather on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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