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A Plea for Unpopular Wisdom

A Plea for Unpopular Wisdom Jasveen Jairath As an independent and bold voice from south Asia, Ramaswamy R Iyer

Institutions, Technology and Water Control

Institutions, Technology and Water Control Water Users Associations and Irrigation Management Reform in Two Large-Scale Systems in India by Vishal Narain; Wageningen University Water Resources Series, 2003; Orient Longman, Hyderabad, India,

Water Quality: Pollution through Aqua Culture

After the richer locals leased land/water from the poor cooperatives in the 1970s in Kolleru in Andhra Pradesh, the land has remained in the name of poor "beneficiaries", while the real fisherfolk work on meagre wages. Ironically, those legally entitled to the benefits have been reduced to wage earners on their own land/water; the rich have not only taken over all the cooperative societies, but have also started illegal encroachments.

Drought of Sanity and Flood of the Absurd

Drought of Sanity and Flood of the Absurd Politics of Water Discourse JASVEEN JAIRATH Water scarcity looms large on the national horizon as of today. Gods are angry and have withheld the rain we are told. Helpless at the feet of the deity we lie. There is this

Irrigation Rates Watery Arguments

Jasveen Jairath B D DHAWAN has again drawn attention to the question' of irrigation water rates in the recent issues of EPW [Dhawan 1997a and 1997b], The focus of the earlier article was to highlight the high cost of providing canal irrigation. Using cost data from the National Accounts Statistical Organisation of GOI, he concluded that the per hectare cost of supplying public irrigation through canals increased from Rs 488 to Rs 2,277 times at current prices. At constant prices

Large Dams and Development-A Response to a Response

Large Dams and Development A Response to a Response IN spite of Ramaswamy Iyer's touchy reaction (EPW, March 24) to my praise I must confess I cannot help appreciating his response to my intervention. There are ways of killing a person with kindness but such is not my intent. It is not on account of concurrence with his viewpoint that I appreciate his note. Rather it is due to the fact that Iyer himself brings out the entire gamut of implications of his position on the question of large dams explicitly recognising the consistent link between large dams and high-tech trajectory of development. It is this categorical recognition which facilitates the sharp focusing of the contending viewpoints. Genuine communication and meaningful dialogue become possible. This Is a welcome distinction from the more overtly polemical exchanges of differing viewpoints in which the substantial argument gets clouded. I am also glad to note that he has abandoned his self-imposed limitation of confining the discussion of large dams to dams per se and broadened the arena to comment on the implied visions of development as well. This is important for I do believe that the large dams issue cannot be justifiably discussed without reference to the general question of strategies of development and the role of science and technology in it.

The Irrigation Debate-An Intervention

The Irrigation Debate An Intervention Jasveen Jairath OF late a fierce debate on the question of irrigation has been going on in the country ranging from activist forums to popular media right through to academic circles. Stimulated by the popular opposition to Narmada Valley Project the debate has typically assumed the form of taking positions on the question of large surface irrigation projects in relation to small/medium/ underground irrigation schemes. Apparently dealing with technical and specialist matters, the debate has forced issues of a much broader and fundamental nature to the fore, albeit quite unconsciously. The pertinent point about the debate is not so much the particular positions taken as the rationale underlying the respective positions. Essentially it reflects a clash of two distinct viewpoints on the question of development as such. This is explicitly acknowledged by those critical of the installation of large dams, who argue that an irrigation policy as above, has to be viewed in the context of an overall strategy of development which is alienated from and superimposed on the people whom it seeks to develope. It is not the material or ecological consequences associated with large dams that they attack per se. Their critique rather derives primarily from the social context of the creation and use of large dams which they argue results in peculiar techno-economic consequences. Perforce the tendency of this camp is to widen the terms of debate and discussion. In contrast the focus of proponents of large dams policy typically remains rather narrow and technocratic.

Irrigation Need for an Alternative Perspective

Jasveen Jairath Irrigation in India's Agricultural Development: Productivity, Stability, Equity by B D Dhawan; Sage Publications, New Delhi, 1988; pp 265, Rs 180.

Social Conditioning of Technology Use-A Study of Irrigation and Production in Punjab, 1965-1970

A Study of Irrigation and Production in Punjab, 1965-1970 Jasveen Jairath To investigate and assess the role that irrigation technologies play in influencing yields in different regions, it is necessary to identify the conditions which facilitate or constrain the adoption and effective utilisation of irrigation. This paper seeks to explain the differences in responses to public and private sources of irrigation as observed in different areas of Pubjab, differing in sources of irrigation as observed in different areas of Punjab, differing in sources of irrigation. The author finds that it is mainly and basically the differences in the pattern of land distribution that explain the differential impact of irrigation on production.

Private Tubewell Utilisation in Punjab-A Study of Cost and Efficiency

This paper, which is partly based on field work conducted in some tubewell irrigated villages of Punjab, discusses the prevalence of underutilisation of shallow tubewetls in Punjab, both electric and diesel, and points out the scale bias in the extent of underutilisation. Further, the author briefly outlines the reasons for this bias and tries to point out its economic basis. Finally, the effect of underutilising electric and diesel tubewells on the cost and efficiency of irrigation is briefly discussed.

Technical and Institutional Factors in Utilisation of Irrigation-A Case Study of Public Canals in Punjab

Utilisation of Irrigation A Case Study of Public Canals in Punjab Jasveen Jairath This paper argues thai technical causes apart, the factors inhibiting fuller utilisation of irrigation potential have their roots in the social organisation and management of the use of irrigation waters. The author tries to establish this with reference to canal irrigation, on the basis primarily of field work in the canal irrigated villages of Punjab.
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