This paper examines the changing water world of resettled women and men who were displaced from their forest villages on the banks of the Narmada River to a small resettlement site in the plains of Central Gujarat. In attempting to explain why there is such a gap between official and displaced people's perceptions of the water situation, the paper attempts to chart explicit links between water and well-being. It also argues that dominant models of water and well-being tend to mould official discourses concerning displacement which ignore the multi-faceted dimensions of both water and well-being. It is these models that serve to legitimise both forced displacement processes and the controversial dam building project.
Mehta, L.; Punja, A. Water and Well-being: Explaining the gap in official and displaced people’s understandings of water. (2002) 31 pp.