Speaker: Bharat Punjabi
Chair: Richard Stren
Please note: The venue for the talk is Conference Room, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, 48 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
About the Talk:
This talk will explore the politics of rural–urban water conflicts that are occurring in the changing political context of India. It will examine the role of agrarian institutions in shaping the politics of rural–urban water transfers in Mumbai and Chennai. It makes the case that Mumbai’s ability to secure water entitlement has been facilitated by an institutional legacy of prior appropriation that has been applied in a context of weak and limited tribal authority over land and resources. Chennai by contrast has become far more dependent upon the commodification of water in the form of quasi-market and allocation contracts, reflecting the riparian rights of commercial farmers in the Chennai region. It will discuss theoretical and empirical insights about the ways in which variations in urban and agrarian institutions affect the politics of rural–urban water allocation.
About the Speaker:
Dr Bharat Punjabi is a Research Fellow at the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto. He has taught courses in economic geography, political ecology, water management, Asian urbanisation, and the political economy of development at institutions. Dr. Punjabi’s research interests include and intersect Indian urbanisation and water policy, the role of institutions in economic development and metropolitan governance in India and is presently working towards a monograph on the theme of water policy and governance in large Indian mega regions. Dr Punjabi has a PhD in geography from Western University.
About the Chair:
Professor Richard Stren is Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto and Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute. His major area of interest is comparative urban policy with a special interest in developing countries.
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