Irrigation development in India has been under discussion for the last decade and the issues debated cover broadly three aspects. First, the controversy regarding big dams vs. small dams, and the associated environmental cost dominated the central stage. Narmada and Tehri projects offered the necessary empirical base for the debate. Rehabilitation of dam oustees also became a dominant issue during this period (Paranjapye 1988, 1990, Dhawan 1997). Second, the debate also initiated discussion on the alternative development path
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