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Dancing with the RiverPeople and Life on the Chars of South Asia$
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Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt and Gopa Samanta

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300188301

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300188301.001.0001

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Char Jage a Char Rises

Char Jage a Char Rises

(p.31) Chapter 2 Char Jage a Char Rises
Dancing with the River

James C. Scott

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines how and why tropical rivers such as the Damodar are different from the rivers, and discusses the ecological processes of char formation. The Asian river experts pointed out that tropical rivers and tropical hydro-geomorphological processes are different from temperate rivers and their hydrology. The geographical uniqueness of the Damodar basin has led to a great interest in the river, and there is a significant amount of literature on the hydro-geomorphological characteristics of the river. In Bengal, a char can only be accepted legally as land if it continues to exist for over 20 years. Some chars might stabilize enough and support enough people to gain legal recognition as land, but most of them do not quite fit the conventional description of land and hardly support any significant infrastructure, such as roads and markets or water supply and sanitation facilities.

Keywords:   Damodar, tropical rivers, char formation, hydro-geomorphological processes, Bengal, Damodar chars, geographical uniqueness

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