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The IDEESE Narmada Dams Controversy Case Study includes a situation summary and appendices. THERE ARE A LOT OF READING MATERIALS. We do not expect instructors and students to read through all our resources. Instead, we expect instructors to assign the most appropriate appendices to their students according to their classroom goals. The remaining materials can be used as optional reading assignments for students who want to explore the subject matter in more depth or from a different angle.

Although the case study may be incorporated into your existing syllabi, IDEESE also offers teaching modules that help to focus the case on various dimensions of international ethics.

Please read Appendix H for our suggestions on how to use the case study.

Instructors can download presentation slides for use in the classroom here.

Finally, we also welcome feedback on our case materials. Please contact the Program Manager at mgoncalves @ pubpol . umass . edu with your comments or suggestions.



adobeCase-Situation Summary: A detailed case study on the controversy surrounding the construction of the Narmada Dams. It looks at one of the more famous instances of transnational involvement in stakeholder struggles over large dams, the long-running contention over dam construction on the Narmada Rover in India.


Table of Contents: If you choose to print the entire case study and its appendices, this file can be used as a cover page.


Instructors should select and assign appendices appropriate to the module or learning objectives for the class session.

adobeAppendix A: Chronology: This appendix outlines the major events associated with the Narmada Dam project from 1946 through 2007. It includes the timeline of India's government actions and decisions, in addition to decisions and actions made by the World Bank.

adobeAppendix B: Indian Tribunal Decisions regarding the Narmada Dams: This appendix contains the Narmada Water Disputes Tribunal Award, the India Supreme Court's decision in Narmada Bachao Andolan v. Union of India and Others, Writ Petition (civil) No. 319 of 1994 (2000), and the India Supreme Court's decision in Narmada Bachao Andolan v. Union of India nd Others, Writ Petition (civil) No. 328 of 2002 (2005).

adobeAppendix C: Indian National Water Policies: This appendix contains Hariyali ("Greening") Guidelines 2003, the National Water Policy 1987, and the National Water Policy 2002.

adobeAppendix D: The Major Narmada Dams: This appendix includes supplementary documentation on Statement by Critics of the Narmada Project, Location Plan, Summary table of the Narmada Dams' main features, and project diagrams.

adobeAppendix E: Useful Websites: This appendix provides a list of websites to relevant government sites, international associations, and information portals regarding the Narmada project.

adobeAppendix F: Additional Readings: This appendix lists citations of additional resources for Instructors and Students, to gain a wider perspective on Dam construction projects in general. It includes background readings on the World Bank and Transnational MBD campaigns, Stakeholders, Transnational support for Narmada Bachao Andolan, brief overviews of dams and hydroelectric power generators, assessments of the Sardar Sarovar Experience, and views of the World Commission on Dams.

adobeAppendix G: Current Practices Regarding Large Dams: The appendix contains World Commission on Dams, 7 Essential Steps in Dam Projects, and Dams and Development Project Practical Tools.

adobeAppendix H: Materials for Instructors: This appendix contains Teaching Notes, Exercises, and suggested approaches on how to use the case study and the appendices for each approach.


Instructors: Use these sample presentation slides during your class:

slidesOpen OfficePresentation Slides [46KB, PowerPoint] [Impress]: These slides are designed for instructor use in the classroom. They provide a general overview of the case and encourage students to discuss those international dimensions of ethics identified through their readings. The slides ONLY address the case study and should be modified to incorporate the IDEESE module you pair the case with.



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Funding for the International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Project comes from the National Science Foundation through grant number 0734887. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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