Concrete ‘progress’ : Irrigation, development and modernity in mid-twentieth century Sind. / Haines, Daniel.

In: Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 179-200.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Published

Standard

Concrete ‘progress’ : Irrigation, development and modernity in mid-twentieth century Sind. / Haines, Daniel.

In: Modern Asian Studies, Vol. 45, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 179-200.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Harvard

APA

Vancouver

Author

BibTeX

@article{fabc328a61e1478e9262b17580939cef,
title = "Concrete {\textquoteleft}progress{\textquoteright}: Irrigation, development and modernity in mid-twentieth century Sind",
abstract = "The idea of {\textquoteleft}developing{\textquoteright} Sind has been a lynchpin of government action andrhetoric in the province during the twentieth century. The central symbolsof this {\textquoteleft}development{\textquoteright} were three barrage dams, completed between 1932 and1962. Because of the barrages{\textquoteright} huge economic and ideological significance, theceremonies connected with the construction and opening of these barragesprovide a unique opportunity to examine the public presentation of stateauthority by the colonial and postcolonial governments. This paper investigatesthe way that ideas of {\textquoteleft}development{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}modernity{\textquoteright} appeared in discoursesconnected with these ceremonies, in order to demonstrate that the ideaof imposing {\textquoteleft}progress{\textquoteright} on a province considered {\textquoteleft}backward{\textquoteright} by the stateadministrators survived longer than the British regime which had introducedit. The paper begins with the historical links between water-provision andgovernance in Sind, before examining the way that immediate political concernsof the sitting governments were addressed in connection with the projects,demonstrating the ways in which very similar projects were cast as symbolsof different political priorities. The last part of the paper draws out deepersimilarities between the logic of these political expressions, in order todemonstrate the powerful continuity in ideologies of {\textquoteleft}progress{\textquoteright} throughout midtwentieth century Sind.",
keywords = "Pakistan, India, hydropolitics, water, state performance",
author = "Daniel Haines",
year = "2011",
month = jan,
doi = "10.1017/S0026749X10000259",
language = "English",
volume = "45",
pages = "179--200",
journal = "Modern Asian Studies",
issn = "0026-749X",
publisher = "Cambridge University Press",
number = "1",

}

RIS

TY - JOUR

T1 - Concrete ‘progress’

T2 - Irrigation, development and modernity in mid-twentieth century Sind

AU - Haines, Daniel

PY - 2011/1

Y1 - 2011/1

N2 - The idea of ‘developing’ Sind has been a lynchpin of government action andrhetoric in the province during the twentieth century. The central symbolsof this ‘development’ were three barrage dams, completed between 1932 and1962. Because of the barrages’ huge economic and ideological significance, theceremonies connected with the construction and opening of these barragesprovide a unique opportunity to examine the public presentation of stateauthority by the colonial and postcolonial governments. This paper investigatesthe way that ideas of ‘development’ and ‘modernity’ appeared in discoursesconnected with these ceremonies, in order to demonstrate that the ideaof imposing ‘progress’ on a province considered ‘backward’ by the stateadministrators survived longer than the British regime which had introducedit. The paper begins with the historical links between water-provision andgovernance in Sind, before examining the way that immediate political concernsof the sitting governments were addressed in connection with the projects,demonstrating the ways in which very similar projects were cast as symbolsof different political priorities. The last part of the paper draws out deepersimilarities between the logic of these political expressions, in order todemonstrate the powerful continuity in ideologies of ‘progress’ throughout midtwentieth century Sind.

AB - The idea of ‘developing’ Sind has been a lynchpin of government action andrhetoric in the province during the twentieth century. The central symbolsof this ‘development’ were three barrage dams, completed between 1932 and1962. Because of the barrages’ huge economic and ideological significance, theceremonies connected with the construction and opening of these barragesprovide a unique opportunity to examine the public presentation of stateauthority by the colonial and postcolonial governments. This paper investigatesthe way that ideas of ‘development’ and ‘modernity’ appeared in discoursesconnected with these ceremonies, in order to demonstrate that the ideaof imposing ‘progress’ on a province considered ‘backward’ by the stateadministrators survived longer than the British regime which had introducedit. The paper begins with the historical links between water-provision andgovernance in Sind, before examining the way that immediate political concernsof the sitting governments were addressed in connection with the projects,demonstrating the ways in which very similar projects were cast as symbolsof different political priorities. The last part of the paper draws out deepersimilarities between the logic of these political expressions, in order todemonstrate the powerful continuity in ideologies of ‘progress’ throughout midtwentieth century Sind.

KW - Pakistan, India, hydropolitics, water, state performance

U2 - 10.1017/S0026749X10000259

DO - 10.1017/S0026749X10000259

M3 - Article

VL - 45

SP - 179

EP - 200

JO - Modern Asian Studies

JF - Modern Asian Studies

SN - 0026-749X

IS - 1

ER -