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Major and Minor Irrigation Works

Major and Minor Irrigation Works Ashok K Mitra THE tone, tenor and contents of Dhawan's paper entitled 'Major and Minor Irrigation Works: Cost Aspects of the Controversy' (EPW, September 30, 1989) are indeed intriguing. With this paper he appears to have switched roles from that of an unbiased social scientist to one of a crusader of big dams. From time to time Dhawan has been writing on the hotly debated issue of promoting minor or major irrigation works in India, His stand on the issue, till the piece under discussion saw the light of the day, appeared to be unbiased, logical, and based on a sound analytical framework. As a specialist on the subject matter of Indian irrigation development, he has been advocating that development of major surface irrigation system alongwjth groundwater exploitation is a must for agricultural growth and development in India. Unfortunately, his latest paper on this issue gives one the impression that he is betraying the symptoms of a lobbyist for the cuase of big dams.

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