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

Rohan D'Souza


The volume deals with major debates in India’s environmental history. It critiques existing discourse by discussing colonial flood control strategies in eastern India, especially Orissa Delta. It explores the idea and practice of flood control and argues for a comprehensive reconsideration of the debate on the colonial environmental watershed, its hydraulic legacy and questions contemporary enthusiasm for flood control in post-independent India. The emphasis is on revealing how colonial flood control measures were implicated in attempts to consolidate capitalist relations in ownership, product ... More

Keywords: Flood control, British colonialism, Orissa Delta, colonial India, colonial capitalism, water crisis, environmental change, hydraulic history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195682175
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195682175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rohan D'Souza, author
Jawaharlal Nehru University