Kamala Markandaya's The Coffer Dams: A Tussle between Technology and Nature

April 2014
Labyrinth: An International Refereed Journal of Postmodern Studi;Apr2014, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p171
Academic Journal
A techno-critical reading of Kamala Markandaya's The Coffer Dams offers an insight into the problem in an impressive manner. The controversies regarding mega dam projects with social activists taking a stand against the construction of the dam for the avowed purpose of providing irrigation facilities to the rain parched areas and the recent devastations caused due to the indiscriminate construction in the name of modern facilities in the hilly terrains of north India imparts the novel an authentic immediacy. The article proposes to appreciate the novel from the techno-critical perspective that has raised certain vital ethical and socio-cultural issues. The novel gets an extra edge because the dynamics of the tussle of supremacy between technology and Nature takes place in the backdrop of colonial consciousness and conflicting cultural value system.


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