In the Belly of the River: Tribal Conflicts over Development in the Narmada Valley / Edition 2

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This book looks at the contemporary controversy over the construction of India's largest system of dams. It focuses most specifically on the lives of the tribals who will be displaced by the construction, and at what is being destroyed in the name of 'development'. The book forces us to re-examine the politics of representation within the ideology of progressive movements, and will be of equal interest to scholars and social activists concerned about development, environment, and indigenous peoples.
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 National development, poverty and the environment 19
3 A history of Adivasi-state relations 49
4 Bhilalas : caste or tribe? 85
5 Community and the politics of honour 106
6 Economy and ecology 136
7 'In the belly of the river' : nature and ideology 160
8 The politics of the Sangath 175
9 The politics of the Andolan 197
10 Conclusions 229
App. 1 Trees in the forest around Anjanvara and their uses 281
App. 2 Gayana - the Bhilala song of creation 284
A glossary of Hindi and Bhilai words 295
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