Brahmaputra and the Socio-Economic Life of People of Assam
In K.K. Dwivedi (ed.) The Mahabahu Brahmaputra, Published by Flood and River Management Agency of Assam, Guwahati, Assam, pp. 77-85
84 Pages Posted: 6 Jun 2016 Last revised: 6 Apr 2017
Date Written: June 4, 2016
The foundation of Assam’s riverine society and economy has been and continues to be the mighty river ‘Brahmaputra’. This river with a network of 33 tributaries has influenced and continues to influence the social and economic life of Assam and its people in a matrix of layered inter-relationships. Recently, because of various natural and man-made factors, this river is bringing negative impacts on the livelihood, infrastructural and institutional arrangements in the Assamese society and economy. These developments put a question mark on the ‘life-line’ status of this great river. It is against this background, the present study attempts to analyse the current situation of various influences of this river on the socioeconomic life of the people and communities in Assam. In a sense, it is an examination of the contemporary ‘life line’ status of this networked river for the people, communities and economy of Assam.
Keywords: Brahmaputra, Lifeline of Assam, Socio-Economic Study
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