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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.
Table of Contents
Preamble: Understanding Water
I. UNDERSTANDING THE CRISIS: Water Crisis: The Mainstream View
The Water Scene in India
The Question of Politicization
Re-Examining Past Thinking
The Question of Demand
Crisis or Crises?
Crisis of Understanding
Apotheosis of Fallacy: ILR Project
II. UNDERSTANDING CONFLICTS: RIVER-WATER DISPUTES: Indus Treaty: A Re-Examination
Differences over Baglihar
The Cauvery Dispute: Continuing Impasse
The Punjab Imbroglio
River-Water Disputes: Some Reflections
III. CONFLICTS OF OTHER KINDS: Narmada: Abandoning the Displaced
Profit versus Life
IV. Making Sense of Laws and Policies: Legal Inadequacies and Perplexities
Policies: Muddled or Worse?
Transforming the Laws: A Constitutional Declaration on Water?
Transforming the Laws: A National Water Law?
V. TAKING NOTE OF OTHERS? THINKING: Issues and Concerns in the Neighbourhood
Some International Formulations: A Critique
A Parenthesis on a Different View
VI. DRAWING THE THREADS TOGETHER: Some Glimmers of Hope
Towards Wisdom on Water
The Larger Framework: New Thinking for a Changing World
Appendix I: List of Author?s Writings
Appendix II: Some Select Book Reviews
References and Select Bibliography