Rohmoria's Challenge: Natural Disasters, Popular Protests and State Apathy

Rohmoria, in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra river in Assam, is severely affected by river-borne erosion. Efforts to get government help in combating this erosion passed through different stages of peaceful agitation and ultimately took a political character. People's resistance used oil blockade as an effective means of getting government attention. Unfortunately, the state's response has mostly been ad hoc and geared towards temporary measures to lift the oil blockade. This article has two objectives: to portray the nature of the problem of erosion in Rohmoria and to show the history of the peoples' movement and the state's response.

Rohmoria’s Challenge: Natural Disasters, Popular Protests and State Apathy

Siddhartha Kumar Lahiri, Juli Borgohain

Rohmoria, in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra river in Assam, is severely affected by river-borne erosion. Efforts to get government help in combating this erosion passed through different stages of peaceful agitation and ultimately took a political character. People’s resistance used oil blockade as an effective means of getting government attention. Unfortunately, the state’s response has mostly been ad hoc and geared towards temporary measures to lift the oil blockade. This article has two objectives: to portray the nature of the problem of erosion in Rohmoria and to show the history of the peoples’ movement and the state’s response.

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