Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India by Rohan DSouza

Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern India

byRohan DSouza

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The water question in India has several contentious dimensions, be they inter-state river disputes, groundwater extraction by private corporations, farmer agitations for irrigation water, or urban anxieties over meeting water needs. Rohan D'Souza argues that the British project of floodcontrol in the Orissa Delta was principally political in intent, aimed at anchoring their presence in the area. In Drowned and Dammed he comprehensively reconsiders the debate on the colonial environmental watershed and its hydraulic legacy in India.Colonial capitalism sought to dominate the Orissa Delta's many rivers by bringing about an unprecedented ecological rupture. Through the rubric of flood control, British rule instituted capitalist private property in land and re- shaped the region's hydrology with physical infrastructures such asembankments, canal networks, and dams. The Orissa delta was thus dramatically transformed from a flood-dependent agrarian regime into a flood-vulnerable landscape.

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Rohan D'Souza is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan.

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Title:Drowned and Dammed: Colonial Capitalism and Flood Control in Eastern IndiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:290 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:August 20, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019946913X

ISBN - 13:9780199469130

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List of Maps, Figures, and TablesPreface and AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Delta's Integrity and Agrarian Rhythm2. Capitalist Property and the 'Calamity of Season'3. Embankments and Its Discontents4. Delta in the Commodity-form5. The Great Denouement and After6. Production of the RiverConclusionAppendix IAppendix IIBibliographyIndexAbout the Author