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Large Dams and Development-A Response to a Response

Large Dams and Development A Response to a Response IN spite of Ramaswamy Iyer's touchy reaction (EPW, March 24) to my praise I must confess I cannot help appreciating his response to my intervention. There are ways of killing a person with kindness but such is not my intent. It is not on account of concurrence with his viewpoint that I appreciate his note. Rather it is due to the fact that Iyer himself brings out the entire gamut of implications of his position on the question of large dams explicitly recognising the consistent link between large dams and high-tech trajectory of development. It is this categorical recognition which facilitates the sharp focusing of the contending viewpoints. Genuine communication and meaningful dialogue become possible. This Is a welcome distinction from the more overtly polemical exchanges of differing viewpoints in which the substantial argument gets clouded. I am also glad to note that he has abandoned his self-imposed limitation of confining the discussion of large dams to dams per se and broadened the arena to comment on the implied visions of development as well. This is important for I do believe that the large dams issue cannot be justifiably discussed without reference to the general question of strategies of development and the role of science and technology in it.

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