OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India

ISBN : 9780199469130

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¥2,189
Author: 
Rohan D'Souza
Pages
290 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Sep 2016
Series
Oxford India Paperbacks
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The water question in India has several contentious dimensions, be they inter-state river disputes, groundwater extraction by private corporations, farmer agitations for irrigation water, or urban anxieties over meeting water needs. Rohan D'Souza argues that the British project of flood control in the Orissa Delta was principally political in intent, aimed at anchoring their presence in the area. In Drowned and Dammed he comprehensively reconsiders the debate on the colonial environmental watershed and its hydraulic legacy in India. Colonial capitalism sought to dominate the Orissa Delta's many rivers by bringing about an unprecedented ecological rupture. Through the rubric of flood control, British rule instituted capitalist private property in land and re- shaped the region's hydrology with physical infrastructures such as embankments, canal networks, and dams. The Orissa delta was thus dramatically transformed from a flood-dependent agrarian regime into a flood-vulnerable landscape.

Index: 

List of Maps, Figures, and Tables
Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Delta's Integrity and Agrarian Rhythm
2. Capitalist Property and the 'Calamity of Season'
3. Embankments and Its Discontents
4. Delta in the Commodity-form
5. The Great Denouement and After
6. Production of the River
Conclusion
Appendix I
Appendix II
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

About the author: 

Rohan D'Souza is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan.

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