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Claiming Water: Building Dams and Subjects in British India

When: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM

Where: 341 Eggers Hall

Description:

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.


For more information or to request an accommodation, please contact: Emera Bridger Wilson at elbridge@syr.edu.