ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Big Dams and Protests in India: A Study of Hirakud Dam

This article examines the movement against the construction of the Hirakud dam in Orissa. It is evident that the domestic resistance to the project was variously compromised by nationalist rhetoric, imperatives of state development and absence of transnational support. The Hirakud dam project has failed on all of its objectives - flood management, hydropower production, irrigation and navigation. Its socio-economic impact has been devastating.

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