Having finally finished my book (due out August 2010), I treated myself to a "fat cat" weekend in Bangalore and went to see Avatar 3D. At the airport on my way back to London, I picked up my two favourite Indian news magazines: Tehelka and Frontline. Both current issues focus on illegal mining. Avatar isn't science fiction: it's happening right now (see the picture and caption on the left).
UPDATE: India's environment ministry has rejected Vedanta's application to mine aluminium ore in the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa (the site shown in the picture on the left). Vedanta can appeal, so this particular battle is far from over, but it shows that resistance is not futile.