Challenging hydro‑hegemony of India: resistance of Nepal in the Upper Karnali and Saptakoshi dam project

Tandan, Promod 2021. Challenging hydro‑hegemony of India: resistance of Nepal in the Upper Karnali and Saptakoshi dam project. Sustainable Water Resources Management. 7. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40899-021-00580-2

TitleChallenging hydro‑hegemony of India: resistance of Nepal in the Upper Karnali and Saptakoshi dam project
TypeJournal article
AuthorsTandan, Promod
Abstract

The hydropolitical interaction of Nepal and India can be well defned within the framework of hydro-hegemony. Two case studies of hydro-hegemony and counter-hegemony are illustrated in this paper, unleashing the approach of resistance from the vantage point of Nepal: Upper Karnali and Saptakoshi high dam. Both case studies share a common norm that Nepal, as a small state, has been providing access to the Indian hydro-hegemony, which has compelled it to slowly cede its rights from its water resources. As such, in a historical manner, Nepal is not only losing the opportunity of capitalising on its water resources, but also fxing itself in a vulnerable position in terms of the water securitisation. However, for the two projects lying entirely within the (political) territory of Nepal, the state-level resistance is still feasible to deter and defect the unintended detrimental efect on Nepal.

KeywordsNepal
India
Hydro-hegemony
Upper Karnali
Saptakoshi high dam
Resistance
Resource nationalism
JournalSustainable Water Resources Management
Journal citation7
ISSN2363-5045
Year2021
PublisherSpringer
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s40899-021-00580-2
Publication dates
Published31 Oct 2021

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