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Drowned and dammed : colonial capitalism and flood control in Eastern India. Rohan D'Souza.

By: D'Souza, Rohan [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Oxford India paperbacks: Copyright date: New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2006Description: xviii, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780199469130 (pbk.); 019946913X.Subject(s): Flood control -- Political aspects -- India -- Odisha -- History | Flood control -- Economic aspects -- India -- Odisha -- History | Political ecology -- India -- Odisha -- History | Orissa (India) -- Politics and government -- 19th century | India -- Politics and government -- 1765-1947DDC classification: 363.3493609542 DSO
Contents:
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.
Summary: 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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-263) and index.

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.

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.

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