In this case study issues surrounding the ownership of natural resources are examined, in particular water. In the Indian state of Kerala the Coca-Cola Company opened a bottling plant in 2000 on the invitation of the state government, only to have it closed in 2003 as a result of popular pressure amid accusations of depletion of the local ground water, pollution of water supplies and farmland and attempting to corrupt local officials.
The case study looks at how a protest by the lowest level of society managed to make an impact on the operations of a huge multi-national and reach the word stage through tapping into national and international networks. The issue of water ownership is examined through the different decisions of the Kerala High Court. This is an issue to which there is no answer as yet, the issues of water ownership and access are complex and still developing.