A small dry sluggish feudal village in western Rajasthan came alive after the villagers managed to pump irrigation water from great depth. Tan Dan and his livestock breeding clan became commercial farmers more powerful than the former feudal lords. Tenants became landowners participating in the casteridden political game of the area. Tan Dan tried modern farming based on agricultural science.
In development, participation is defined as a process through which stakeholders influence and share control of development initiatives and of decisions and resources that affect them. This brief strives to answer the question: how can participation contribute to the sustainable management of irrigation and drainage systems for agriculture?