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

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Dam-Oustees' Movement in South Maharashtra

The movement in south Maharashtra for equitable redistribution of dammed water is now a decade old. The movement has seen the mobilisation of thousands of water-starved villagers compelling the government to accept the principle of equitable distribution. This demand is entirely a grass roots level initiative and is complementary to the demand for land redistribution.

Over the last couple of years, the dam oustees’ movement in south-west Maharashtra has achieved path-breaking victories; but sadly, they have not been reported in that national press, though there has been detailed, extensive regular reportage on this movement in the local press. From the viewpoint of left wing politics, the importance of these significant gains goes beyond local politics as they point to an approach towards hegemonistic, instead of merely oppositional politics. The approach, developed by this movement, is an essence based on the same perspective that guided the famous ‘Baliraja Dam’ movement in south-west Maharashtra, in the 1980s. During last couple of years, this movement has gained three significant victories.

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