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High and DryMeeting the Challenges of the World's Growing Dependence on Groundwater$
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William M Alley and Rosemarie Alley

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300220384

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300220384.001.0001

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India’s Silent Revolution

India’s Silent Revolution

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(p.17) 2 India’s Silent Revolution
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High and Dry
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William M. Alley

Rosemarie Alley

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300220384.003.0002

By far and away, India is the world’s biggest user of groundwater. Since independence in 1947, the country’s farmers have gradually amassed political power resulting in massive government subsidies for pumps and virtually free electricity. Most of the world’s farmers are limited by pumping costs, while groundwater pumping in India has gone way beyond sustainable limits. After laying out the problem, the chapter presents stories of groups working to bring some control over the country’s increasingly dire groundwater situation by such means as rainwater harvesting and reducing electricity subsidies.

Keywords:   subsidies, India, irrigation, rainwater harvesting, Silent Revolution

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