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Medha Patkar, social activist and advocate for peoples vulnerable to massive dam projects in India, asks why India should follow a Western paradigm of development. She asks why disrupting traditions of land use in exchange for non-renewable resources that are unsuitable for India's population is acceptable--when alternative technologies that support local communities are available. Most importantly, says Medha, India must tap into the most remarkable form of power: the human power of democratic, cooperative action.