THE NARMADA

The NARMADA river is 800 miles long and one of India's most sacred rivers. It originates in the centre of India and runs westward through three states - Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Gujerat, and then into the Arabian Sea. These three states are particularly prone to prolonged drought. In 1984, work began on the first of two giant dams that would harness the waters of the Narmada for irrigation and electricity. The damming of the Narmada has aroused huge controversy, in India and in the West.

In a three part series Julian Crandall Hollick looks at:

(1) the potential economic benefits versus the anticipated ecological damage;

(2) the devastating dislocation to those whose land and livelihoods would be destroyed; and

(3) the wider debate about big dams and development.

CD
MP3 #1: Pink Gold, Chipko, Green Revolution
MP3 #2: Narmada Dam

 

Overview

The Lure of Pink Gold

The Chipko Movement

The Green Revolution

Narmada Dam Parts 1 - 3

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