Research Activities
The Conflict over the Tehri Dam and Gandhism
3rd Meeting (Group 1)
■Speaker :Mr. Shinya Ishizaka (Kyoto University)
■Place :Common Research Room, 4th Floor, 8th Building, Ryukoku University, Fukakusa campus
■Date :September 14, 2005
■Number :05010303
Discussant: Prof. Nobuko Nagasaki (Ryukoku University)

Mr. Ishizaka examined the historical development of the popular opposition to the construction of the Tehri dam in India. The anti-Tehri dam movement began as a local protest by local residents to its construction. However, with the influence of the thoughts and practices of Sunderlal Bahuguna, a Gandhian, the local anti-dam protest was later transformed into a movement involving a wider group of people who began to reflect and reconsider their own lifestyles. Thus it became a movement with universal and contemporary significance.

Prof. Nagasaki, who has long studied about Gandhism, supplemented Mr. Ishizaka’s presentation by explaining three principle features of Gandhism, namely, nonviolence, the presentation of alternatives, and ascetic practices.

The topics addressed during the discussion included the relationship between the anti-dam movement and political parties, the logic used to rationalize the immersion of the pilgrimage site, and the conditions in which a fast could serve as an effective means of political negotiation.
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