Northeast India is a landlocked region, connected with the rest of the country by a narrow bottleneck of about 50kms in North Bengal, with a hilly topography which is congenial for harnessing water resources. The paper addresses the impact of such projects and confines itself to a study of two projects, viz. the completed Doyang Hydro Electric Project (75MW), and the on-going Tipaimukh Hydro Electric Project (1500 MW). Lyotard’s ideas ( The Inhuman), though made in reference to the invasion of computer technology, could also explain the impact of technological development in tribal societies, in so far as he accuses “techno-science” of marginalizing the human dimension in its effort at further expansion, ( Sim : 2002: 169-171) The paper would attempt to analyze the technological impact on tribal societies along these lines. Hence from a historical perspective, the implementation of hydro-power projects, particularly, mega hydel projects, is dangerous in the sense that they bring with them avalanches of change in the socio-economic sphere with the destabilization of the traditional subsistence economy, on one hand, and affecting environment and ecology on the other vis-a vis tall promises of better economic opportunities, and higher standards of living or genres de vie, at the cost of the effacement of one’s historical and cultural heritage!
|Keywords:||Northeast India, Hydel Power, Tribal Societies, Marginalizing the Human Dimension, Destabilizing Traditional Economy, Environment and Ecology, Better Economic Opportunities, Effacement of Historical Heritage|
Reader, Department of History, Gauhati University, Guwahati, Assam, India
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