Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs
South Asia Center presents
Radha Kumar, Assistant Professor of History, Syracuse University
Claiming Water: Building Dams and Subjects in British India
The 1930s construction of the Mettur Dam across the River Kaveri in southern India was a technocratic achievement for the colonial government. But it was also a financial venture expected to yield reliable returns in the form of increased water-rates. This talk examines how the construction of the dam entailed the construction of the ideal water-consuming subject – the paddy farmer who sold to a global market, while marginalizing other users of the river.
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This event was first published on January 13, 2020 and last updated on January 14, 2020.