Participatory Exclusion in Water User Associations: A Subaltern Perspective


  • K. Gulam Dasthagir Project Director, ICSSR Major Research Project, Department of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and International Studies, Pondicherry University, Puducherry



Participatory Exclusion, Dalit Farmers, Participatory Irrigation Management, Water User Associations, Sathanur Major Irrigation System.


Although Participatory Irrigation Management  envisions democratic participation and equity in water sharing among farmers , this article while investigating  the challenges of Dalit farmers  in Water User Associations and access to surface or ground water  for irrigation, espouse  the perpetuation of ‘Participatory Exclusion’ of Dalit farmers in canal water sharing and rights in water user associations .  Since caste discrimination is embedded in modern user organizations, participatory exclusion of Dalit farmers operates at all levels of membership, participation and representation in PIMinrural Tamil Nadu.


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How to Cite

Gulam Dasthagir, K. (2020). Participatory Exclusion in Water User Associations: A Subaltern Perspective. Asian Review of Social Sciences, 9(1), 34–38.