ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Madhya Pradesh : State and People's Initiatives

For the last five years, the people displaced by the Tawa dam in Hoshangabad district have been involved in a unique enterprise which could have far-reaching outcomes. Organised in the form of a cooperative, these people with no previous fishing experience and little formal education, have been successfully managing a fishery enterprise in the very reservoir, submerged under which lie their homes, and have brought a revolutionary change to their lives. The unprecedented success of the Tawa experience provides an example for ways to ensure at least some minimum rights for those wronged for the greater common good. But, as they are forced to fight for renewal of the rights given to them, the appalling apathy of the state becomes evident once again.
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