Human Dimension of Hydro Based Development: Socio-Psychological Perspective

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:15-15:45
Location: Marietta Blau Saal (Main Building)
WG05 Famine and Society (host committee)

Language: English

Since the inception of human civilization, men have been involved in the process of making their life more comfortable. In this process of giving meaning to their life and make it more comfortable, they have altered nature according to their needs. In the past, this was need-based but with the pass of time it started converting into the need for luxury and the pace of it has changed drastically; and at present, thinkers are compelled to think and suggest policy makers to re-think and re-introspect what has been initiated in the name of development.
In the existing literature the concept of development has been broadly defined as the process of desired change. But the following question remained unanswered: if the existing definition of development is correct, then desired by whom? Is it desired by policy makers, or desired by the human beings who are living in the vicinity of these developmental mills, or is it desirable for the natural environment which has been provided by Mother Nature? 
The developmental activities desired by the government are based on nature, and hydro-electric power generation is no exception. To achieve the targeted 10% growth in the coming decade, the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) has been heavily targeted. The IHR is spread over 10 states and 95 districts, and shares boundary with seven countries. There are 31 rivers in the Barahamputra basin, 67 rivers in the Ganga basin and 19 rivers in the Indus basin, with more than 1.000 rivulets, streams and tributaries giving meaning to the lives of a lot of people.
Session Organizers:
Mohinder KUMAR SLARIYA, Government Post-Graduate College, India and Yash Pal SINGH, Department of Education, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India
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