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Water - Growing Understanding, Emerging Perspectives
Water - Growing Understanding, Emerging Perspectives

Water - Growing Understanding, Emerging Perspectives

by Baba Amte

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9788125062929 - Year: 2016 - Pages: 576



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Author: Baba Amte
Suhas Paranjape/Several Contributors
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Mihir Shah/P S Vijayshankar
Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
Year: 2016
Language: English
Pages: 576
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788125062929


Indian planning for decades after Independence continued to ignore the need for sustainability and equity in water resource development and management. There was just one way forward –that of harnessing the bounty in our rivers and below the ground, and this strategy had almost completely unquestioned acceptance until the agitation and opposition to the Sardar Sarovar Project on the river Narmada. National attention on these issues began to be paid after that.

This collection of papers attempts to do justice to the vast canvas of issues and perspectives that writers have brought to bear on the question of water in their contributions to the EPW between 1990 and 2014. The papers reflect on the multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary character of water, and the diversity of concerns and points of departure that characterize an issue like water.



List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction by Mihir Shah and P. S. Vijayshankar

Section I: Water Resources Development and Management

Narmada Project: The Case Against and an Alternative Perspective by Baba Amte

Alternative Restructuring of the Sardar Sarovar: Breaking the Deadlock by Suhas Paranjape and K.J. Joy

Institutional Vacuum in Sardar Sarovar Project: Framing ‘Rules-of-the-Game’ by Jayesh Talati and Tushaar Shah

Irrigation Privatisation in India: Options, Issues and Experience by R. Maria Saleth

Institutional Reforms in Canal Irrigation System: Lessons from Chhattisgarh by Dinesh K. Marothia


Drawing Down the Buffer: Science and Politics of Groundwater Management in India by Marcus Moench

Ecologically and Socially Embedded Exchange: ‘Gujarat Model’ of Water Markets by Navroz K. Dubash

‘Out of Sight, Out of Mind’: Absence of Groundwater in Water Allocation of Narmada Basin by Rahul Ranade

India’s Groundwater Challenge and the Way Forward by P. S. Vijayshankar, Himanshu Kulkarni and Sunderrajan Krishnan

Section II: Historical Perspectives
Water and Waste: Nature, Productivity and Colonialism in the Indus Basin by David Gilmartin

Questioning Masculinities in Water by Margreet Zwarteveen

Colonialism, Capitalism and Nature: Debating the Origins of Mahanadi Delta’s Hydraulic Crisis (1803–1928) by Rohan D’Souza

Well Irrigation in Gujarat: Systems of Use, Hierarchies of Control by David Hardiman

Indigenous Irrigation in South Bihar: A Case of Congruence of Boundaries by Niranjan Pant

Section III: Social and Political Dimensions
Contexts and Constructions of Water Scarcity by Lyla Mehta

Socio-economic Implications of Depleting Groundwater Resource in Punjab: A Comparative Analysis of Different Irrigation Systems by Anindita Sarkar

Caste, Gender and the Rhetoric of Reform in India’s Drinking Water Sector by Deepa Joshi

‘Million Revolts’ in the Making by Biksham Gujja, K.J. Joy, Suhas Paranjape, Vinod Goud and Shruti Vispute

Cauvery Dispute: A Lament and a Proposal by Ramaswamy R. Iyer

Section IV: Economic Concerns
Efficiency of Water Use in Agriculture by A. Vaidyanathan, in collaboration with K. Sivasubramaniyan

Measuring the Marginal Value of Water and Elasticity of Demand for Water in Agriculture by E. Somanathan and R. Ravindranath

‘Get the Price Right’: Water Prices and Irrigation Efficiency by Isha Ray

The Indian Monsoon, GDP and Agriculture by Sulochana Gadgil and Siddhartha Gadgil

Section V
Understanding Agrarian Impasse in Bihar by Avinash Kishore

Co-Management of Electricity and Groundwater: An Assessment of Gujarat’s Jyotirgram Scheme by Tushaar Shah and Shilp Verma

Kick-starting a Second Green Revolution in Bengal by Aditi Mukherji, Tushaar Shah and Partha Sarathi Banerjee

Punjab Water Syndrome: Diagnostics and Prescriptions by Himanshu Kulkarni and Mihir Shah

Interlinking of Peninsular Rivers: A Critique by Vaidyanathan

Water: Towards a Paradigm Shift in the Twelfth Plan by Mihir Shah

Notes on the Authors

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