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In this 2013 photo, a Greenpeace activist jumps to catch a thread tied to balloons during a protest in India. The nation is cracking down on foreign-funded charities lately. (Altaf Qadri/AP)
In this 2013 photo, a Greenpeace activist jumps to catch a thread tied to balloons during a protest in India. The nation is cracking down on foreign-funded charities lately. (Altaf Qadri/AP)
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The Indian government is waging a war on environmental activists. At least that's the way some observers are describing the way the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been going after a whole host of foreign charities and campaign groups.

The most high-profile casualty is Greenpeace – its assets have been frozen, and it may have to close its office in India. That's after the group led a successful campaign to block a new coal mine in a forest in central India. The country desperately needs energy to boost its manufacturing sector but at what cost?

The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder has been to the forest in Mahan to find out why some people are strongly opposed to the campaign.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.

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  • Sanjoy Majumder, a reporter for the BBC. He tweets @BBCSanjoyM.

This segment aired on May 11, 2015.

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