The Disease of Gigantism

  • Ranjana Padhi
  • Nigamananda Sadangi


The Hirakud Dam on River Mahanadi, which was the first hydro-irrigation project in Odisha, was planned by the British and later inaugurated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1957. This chapter gives a vivid account of people’s resistance whose land was going to be submerged by the construction of the dam. It traces the administrative decisions and considerations underlying construction of big dams, which was a salient aspect of the Nehruvian model of development. The chapter collates the voices of the displaced people of the Hirakud Dam, thus revealing their hardships that have continued till today and the denial of compensation. The story of relief and rehabilitation as narrated by the survivors is both poignant and horrific.


Hirakud Dam Budi Anchal Sangram Samiti Bandha Virodhi Committee Khosla’s report Mahanadi River 


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  • Ranjana Padhi
    • 1
  • Nigamananda Sadangi
    • 1
  1. 1.Independent WriterBhubaneswarIndia

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