Washington DC: Odia social activist Prafulla Samantara (India) along with Mark Lopez (US), Uros Macerl (Slovenia), Rodrigo Tot (Guatemala), Rodrigue Katembo (Congo) and Wendy Bowman (Australia) today were decorated with the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize ‘2017.
Samantara had led the rallies and demonstrations against Anil Agarwal owned Vedanta Ltd., due to the said agitation and court cases they had been forced to shut down their bauxite mining. Hundreds of Dongria tribals had joined the agitations for protection of their Niyam Raja. The same movement had been backed by the Indian National Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.
Noted socio-political leader, a co-activist of Samantara and SNSMT Chairman Suparno Satpathy took to twitter to congratulate Prafulla Samantara.
Congratulate my dear friend Prafulla Samantara for being decorated with the prestigious @goldmanprize ‘2017
— Suparno Satpathy (@SuparnoSatpathy) April 24, 2017