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Article on Sardar Sarovar (Narmada) Project.
Hardcover, 76 pages
Published 1999 by India Book Distributors (Bombay)
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Jan 12, 2015 Joe added it
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Rhetorically audacious essay on the staggering damage of and official sophisms surrounding dam building in India and, in particular, the (for a time) World Bank funded Sardar Sarovar dam. Roy eviscerates the logic behind these dams (and similar, massive wet infrastructural projects) by pointing out the drastically uneven distribution of costs and benefits--how massive economic, environmental, social, and human costs are inflicted upon the longest tenured local peoples (if such projects do not to ...more
Sumit Nangia
Jul 22, 2012 Sumit Nangia rated it really liked it

A paradigm developmental tale, which shows that how someone has to defoliate,for others to survive.An unequivocal obstinate struggle of the poor against the primacy of hegemony. Unravels scads of discursive corrupt practices, yet it shows that how they remain important than the environment and some "low-class" people.Because it is all about the Greater Common Good.

Let me sum it up just in a matter or few extracts of the book itself.

"If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of the
Jul 13, 2015 Neil rated it it was amazing
The essay is certainly the best essay on Narmada bachao andolan. The book gives very good insights to the life of the people living near the dams and their displacement and resettlement. And again as usual the best thing of the book is its language. The way she write about any thing is so beautiful that its make grip on you and your mind.Her writing gave me insight to the real world. I confess 'I Love you Arundhati Roy'.
Karthikeyan Shanmugam
Oct 03, 2016 Karthikeyan Shanmugam rated it it was ok
Arundhati roy spins a nice tale on her half knowledge and biased world view.

Her god of small things is a must read. But this one, is pretty short on facts. one needs to read BG Vergheese's rebutal of various so called 'facts' of arundhati.

Giving two stars because whatever she writes can you make you believe. Facts be damned!
Sep 14, 2016 Aisha rated it it was amazing
I read this book when recommended by a relative on mine.

A great read and the title for me rings true as to why some societies fail to progress.

Brilliant writing from a brilliant writer.
Taj Munson
Nov 04, 2007 Taj Munson rated it it was amazing
A brilliant, if short, essay on the topic of dam building in India and the resultant internally displaced persons. Not nearly as dry as the topic would indicate...It lashes out cogently at development programs, nationalism, and state-condoned oppression through "the greater common good". An alarming, insightful, and damning piece.
Divya Sornaraja
Sep 29, 2013 Divya Sornaraja rated it really liked it
Have always been a lover of words. Arundhati has got a style that quiet can tingle your nerves.

Likes: Words. Words. And best words.

Dislikes: A little too communistic; a lot of rationalised speculation, even if true, raises the concern, but lacks suggestive solutions.
Oct 31, 2007 Kerry added it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in development and justice
This book is a compelling book on the impact of the Narmada Vally Dam and nuclear testing in India. It is not very long and quite informative
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Arundhati Roy is an Indian writer who is also an activist who focuses on issues related to social justice and economic inequality. She won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, and has also written two screenplays and several collections of essays.

For her work as an activist she received the Cultural Freedom Prize awarded by the Lannan Foundation in 2002.

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