ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Supreme Court Constructs a Dam

Present behind the Supreme Court judgment on the Narmada dam is not only a Nehruvian imagination, but a public administration view of the world. The court seeks to construct a rational, statist discourse which has little place for other voices of protest. In the judgment's final pages dams, democracy and development come together in a new trimurti.


The final decision of the Supreme Court on the Narmada Dam (NBA vs Union of India, October 10, 2000) has been greeted by a range of emotional reactions. The Gujarat government enacted a carnival by preponing Diwali celebrations by a week and anti-Narmada dam activists felt pushed into the very heart of darkness. People close to Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) talked of a new Dandi march, a satyagraha, and hinted at links between Narmada and WTO.

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