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Jagdishprasad Jhabarmal Tibrewala University, Rajasthan, India


This paper is about a legacy of Kakatiya dynasty in South India. This dynasty set an example of people centric governance by establishing a water management system comprising of well-built reservoirs or tanks which were interconnected and used to quench the thirst of many people and were the sources of irrigation to many farms in medieval times. Water in these small tanks was completely controlled by local people. This paper also deals about, how Kakatiya rulers developed this system, how this small scale decentralized system of irrigation was ignored by subsequent rulers, and how the big dams replaced it as we moved to modern times. As control over water was lost, the region not only remained thirsty but also was relegated to backward area in the process of development. This paper also discusses how people fought for their rights over their resources and were successful in doing so. A new state was formed and the tide is again turned back to small scale irrigation systems with Mission Kakatiya, a mission undertaken by the newest state of India, Telangana.


Kakatiya, water management, minor irrigation, Telangana

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Journal of US-China Public Administration, April 2017, Vol. 14, No. 4, 198-209


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