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Indian mining state shifts from coal to forest fruits and flowers

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Chennai, IndiaThomson Reuters Foundation In the forests of Bastar in eastern India, indigenous women have been busy plucking the tan-coloured fruits of the tamarind tree – a tangy staple of Indian cooking that earned them rare profits this year thanks to a bumper harvest. For decades, mining has eaten into the forests of mineral-rich Chhattisgarh. […]