The Church of England has been under mounting pressure over the past year to disinvest in the FTSE 100 company after it continually refused to back down on its plans to construct an open-cast mine on Niyamgiri mountain in Orissa, India. Activists believe it will destroy the area’s ecosystem and threaten the future of the 8,000-strong Dongria Kondh tribe, who depend on the hills for their crops and water and who believe the mountain and surrounding forest to be a sacred place.

The question to be answered is why it has taken the church so long to condem and take action against Vedanta? Should the church not lead from the top and have acted in a socially responsible manner straight away when the issue came to its attention?

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