Towards Water Wisdom

Limits, Justice, Harmony

Ramaswamy R Iyer,

Towards Water Wisdom: Limits, Justice, Harmony
Towards Water Wisdom makes a fervent plea for an urgent and radical transformation
of our thinking on water. The author redefines the projected water crisis as one
of mismanagement rather than scarcity, and calls for a more equitable, harmonious
and sustainable management of the resource.

Water-related conflicts are also discussed, including the Indus Treaty, the
differences over Baglihar, the Cauvery and Ravi-Beas disputes, and rehabilitation
problems in the Narmada Valley. The author questions the idea of property rights
in water and argues that the fundamental or human right to water must take precedence
over contractual and economic rights. The inadequacies of India`s water laws
and policies are examined and a case made for a constitutional declaration on
water and a national water law.

Finally, the author widens the perspective and draws attention to a changing
world that makes a change in our thinking imperative.

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