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From the text: This paper is being written as a non-violent struggle is occuring in the Narmada Valley in Central India, where hundreds of villages face the threat of being flooded by the reservoir waters of the Omkareshwar Dam. More than 10 activists have been staying in the Narmada waters over the past ten days with water up to their necks. They are shouting slogans like “We will fight, we will win”, “Long live the Mother Narmada river”, “We will drown, but will not move”. Probably it is not usual for a paper to start this way, but it but it helps the reader to understand the physical and mental facests of the situation.

Contribution to the 3rd International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity in Venice in 2012.