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Karen Stoll Farrell and Sumit Ganguly

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199467242

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467242.001.0001

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Pulses against Volumes

Pulses against Volumes

Transboundary Rivers and Pan-Asian Connectivity

(p.240) 11 Pulses against Volumes
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Rohan D’Souza

Oxford University Press

The recent push for ‘Pan-Asian connectivity’ is intended to dramatically re-orient geography, distance, and economic possibility. Such an intense effort to compress regions and fold-up otherwise poorly linked expanses, however, is expected to bring in its wake several political challenges. In particular, when governments begin to connect nations through bridges, roads, railways lines, and ports they will increasingly find themselves required to clear large swathes of tropical evergreen forests, divert sprawling rivers systems, dam tributaries, eliminate wildlife and irreversibly destroy many livelihood strategies. This chapter will discuss how the political economy of creating new economic spaces through infrastructural connectivity will require an environmental attentiveness to handling voluble and temperamental trans-boundary rivers. At heart, the author points out, will be the critical ability to re-organize technical attitudes and ecological approaches which treat variable river flows as culturally adapted flood-pulses rather than the reductionist engineering version of cusec-kilowatt volumes.

Keywords:   India, Northeast India, connectivity, transboundary water, water resources, environment, hydropower, development

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