Centre for World Environmental History

Samarendra Das


SamarendraSamarendra Das

Email: mailto:sdasorisa@gmail.com

BSc (Maths) 1988, First Class First, University of Brahmapur

MCA (Master of Computer Applications) 1993, First Class with Distinction, DAVV University of Indore.

Books and Films

His recent film released in Nov.2011, ‘Kandhamal 2008’ (Kui/Odia)  is a documentary on the Hindu Supremacists Violence in Eastern India state of Odisha.

Films with Amarendra Das

Wira Pdika’ (Earth Worm: Company Man) is a feature-length documentary  made in 2005 on the resistance of the mining companies in Eastern India.

'Ladat Jaare…'(The struggle…in Korku/Gondi/Hindi) is a short film made in 2006, about a fishery co-operative run by the Gonds and Kokus in Central India who were displaced by a dam construction project, Ordnance factory, and a test fire range and are now facing imminent displacement because of a Tiger project.

Wira Pdika 2005Wira Pdika 2005

2014. Das, Samarendra and Miriam Rose.'Copper Colonialism : British miner Vedanta-KCM and the Copper Loot of Zambia'. Foil Vedanta. London

2013 Iron Ore is for Everyone. Vikalpa Prakashan, Bargarh, Odisha.

His recent book, co-authored with Dr. Felix Padel, is titled Out of This Earth: East India Adivasis and The Aluminium Cartel( 2010)  published by Orient BlackSwan.

The Odia books are Asmitara Anweshana  (The Quest for Identity: some ideas on State, Culture and Civilisation in relation to the East-West) translated works with Nirmal Varma, Edited with Braja Nanda published in 2002.

Salunki St. Lawrence( Travelogue/Reflective Essays) published in 2001.

Rashomon and Other Stories (Collection of Translated short stories on State Censorship) published in 1998.

Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema: Edited by Ashish Rajadhyaksha and Paul Willeman,British Film Institute,OUP (Contributed the Oriya Cinema Section) published in 1999

And Edited the  Souvenir for the District Administration of Kandhamal in 2000.

Out of This EarthResearch Interests

Political Ecology of Social Movements

Global Civil Society and Corporate Political Activity

Environmentalism and Global Governance

Material Flow of Coal, Iron Ore and Bauxite

Global Bauxite demand and Local Indigenous Movements

Essays with Felix Padel

Caterpillar and the Mahua Flower2013.' Das, Samarendra and Felix Padel 'Battles over Bauxite in East India: The Khondalite Mountains of Khondistan', in Robin S. Gendron, Mats Ingulstad, Espen Storli, ed. Aluminum Ore: The Political Economy of the Global Bauxite Industry.University of British Columbia Press, Vancouver.

2011. ‘Resettlement Realities: The Gulf between Policy and Practice’, in H.M Mathur ed. Resettling Displaced People: Policy and Practice in India, pp. 143-180. Delhi: Council for Social Research & Routledge.

2008. ‘Cultural Genocide: the real impact of Development-Induced Displacement’, in Mathur ed. 2008, India: Social Development Report 2008. Development and Displacement, pp.103-115. Delhi: OUP.

2007. ‘Agya, what do you mean by development?’ in Rakesh Kalshian ed. Caterpillar and the Mahua Flower: Tremors in India’s Mining Fields,  Delhi: Panos, pp.24-46.

Essays in Odia

2004. The Political Economy Of The Aluminium Industry.(With Felix Padel),Vikalpa Vichar, Issue No25

2003. Iraq War: State, Capital and the Citizen. Vikalpa Vichar, Issue No 23,pp 33-48

2002. The Web of Globalisation. Vikalpa Vichar,Issue No 20, pp 84-94

2001. New World Information Communication Order. Vikalpa Vichar, Issue No 18, pp 91-99

Reviews and Public Events


http://www.wehc-2009.org/programme.asp?all=1 (World Economic History Conference, Utrecht)


http://drummit2summit.blogspot.com/2009/10/mr-samarendra-das-invited-to-trinidad.html (Trinidad & Tobago tour)

http://www.epw.in/journal/2010/38/book-reviews/bauxite-mountains-orissa.html  (Sept 18, 2010, Book review in EPW  by Sanjay Kak)

http://www.biblio-india.org/adsrch.asp?mp= (Book review, Jul-Aug, 2010)

http://www.indianet.nl/pdf/earthworm.pdf (Where earth worms struggle for a piece of soil, Film reviewed in Terragreen, 2007)

http://knr.gl/kl/search/apachesolr_search/Samarendra%20Das (Greenland tour,Aug 27, 2010)


http://tosearchistofind.blogspot.com/2010/05/out-of-this-earth.html (Book launch, IIC, Delhi.)

http://businessworld.in/article/The-Commodity-Frontiers/08-11-2014-68697/ (Review by Joan Martinez-Alier)

http://urgewald.org/artikel/hauptversammlung-deutsche-bank-2009 (AGM Demo, Deutsche Bank, Franfurt)

http://www.asian-studies.org/absts/2008abst/South/S-70.htm (Atlanta, Apr 2008)

http://www.msh-paris.fr/fileadmin/Recherche/PDFs/Europe/080922-23-bauxite.pdf (GEHC,Paris)

http://earthfirst.org.uk/actionreports/content/earth-first-summer-gathering-update-2011 (EF gatherings 2011)

YouTube Links

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHZiQmalmMU (What Do you mean by Development?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPXC69ntKHQ (CompanyWind)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT1DM9HzvkQ (Dhain bulldozed in 2005)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IswNG7Gn-J4 (The Struggle…2006)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIMbF1o-Hxs (Lakhanji Speaks)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl6wVcXiJJw (Kandhamal 2008 Trailer)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ9S6LzJ9ZY (Surdas sings)


Films and Talks

WSF Mumbai, ESF London,  ASF Hyderabad,  SOAS,  LSE,  Universitiy of Oxford,  University of Cambridge, University of Glasgow, University of Hyderabad,  University of Delhi, University of Heidelberg,  University of Turino,  University of Leipzig, University of Barcelona,  University of Paris,  University of Georgia,  Gujarat Vidyapeeth, Ahmedabad, University of  Benaras, University of  Allahabad,  University of Kolkata, Utkal University , Bhubaneswar,  Sambalpur University , Bolangir, Phulbani,  University of Turkey,  JNU, Delhi, ESF Malmo,  University of Aarhus,  University of Nuuk,  Greenland, University of  Reykjavik, Iceland,  University of Trinidad,  Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago,  IDS, Sussex,  Warwick Law School.