Damned If You Dam: Opposition to Dam Building in India and the Impact on Modernization Theory in the Late 1980s

In the late 1980s, India began an ambitious project to dam it’s fifth largest river, the Narmada. The project pitted environmentalists, the World Bank, the United States government, and Indian politicians against one another as they battled over issues surrounding the environment, foreign aid, resettlement policies, and development. Varsha Venkatasubramanian is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of California Berkeley and is studying the American and international environmental movement against the damming of rivers.

Intervals is hosted by Christopher Brick, editor and principle investigator of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers project at George Washington University, and Kariann Yokota, associate professor of history at University of Colorado Denver.

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