Arts, Boycotts and Mining Companies: a short note

Activists on the left and artistes who are sensitive to sociopolitical causes, and bicker from attending cultural and literary festivals sponsored by corporate cash, often from the mining sector and Langigarh is prominent among them. The artist community has to realise that the biggest patrons of the arts including the written word have been funded by the new high royalty, which is the financial elite. The fear is often in between not doing the right kind of work due to the lack of material resources or the tendency of being coopted within neoliberal debates. We are all coopted in one way or the other. The point is in engaging with the mining firm to implement better ESG norms. Boycotting is one way, and not the only mechanism to bring about the right reform.


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