Water and Well-being: Explaining the gap in official and displaced people's understandings of water.
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.