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Water
Perspectives, Issues, Concerns

First Edition


May 2003 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
`This is an unusual, intriguing and insightful book.... [Water] sometimes reads like a detective yarn, where wily old Poirot attempts to unravel the complex chains of events, actions (inactions sometimes) that have led to the present failure of hydrological institution building in India.... This is a useful book, and indeed and important one' - Progress in Development Studies

`This book will be of interest to the general reader as also to students and academics on the fields of water resources, hydrology, environmental studies and public administration. It will also attract the attention of policy makers and the media' - CAB Abstracts

Water resources are an issue of ever increasing importance worldwide given rising populations and increasing environmental degradation. Water has also become a divisive issue, both within and between countries.

This book discusses and analyses several interlinked themes related to crucial aspects and many dimensions of water resources in India. The author draws upon his vast administrative experience to present a lucid view of the issues affecting water resources while critically renewing policy and constitutional provisions.

The six sections of the book respectively cover a wealth of topics including:

- water resources in India's federal framework; the adequacy or otherwise of constitutional provisions to resolve inter-State water disputes; and a critique of National Water Policy 2002

- the different ways in which water resources are perceived, and whether there is a need to fashion a national water law

- the controversies surrounding large-dam projects in India; a critique of the Supreme Court's recent judgement concerning the Sardar Sarovar Project; and an examination of the dysfunctional relationship that has developed between the Government of India and the World Commission on Dams

- the recent trend of discussing scarcities and conflicts relating to water resources in the language of security, and the fallacies and dangers implicit in that discourse

- conflict-resolution with reference to the water treaties India has entered into with its neighbours, and the idea of augmenting the flow of the Ganges

- ways to minimize, if not eliminate, the dilemmas that face water resource management in India, and whether or not various river-linkage schemes should be implemented.

With its lucid coverage of numerous topics of seminal and topical importance marked by original and unconventional thinking, this book will be of interest to students and academics in the fields of water resources, hydrology, environmental studies, development studies and public administration, as well as to the general reader, activists, policy makers and journalists.

 
Preface
 
PART ONE: ASPECTS OF FEDERALISM
 
Water and the Constitution of India
 
Inter-State Water Disputes Act 1956: Difficulties and Solutions
 
The Cauvery Dispute
 
The Story of the National Water Policy 1987
 
The National Water Policy 2002
 
The Idea of River Basin Planning
 
PART TWO: WATER: PERCEPTIONS, RIGHTS, LAWS
 
Perceptions of Water
 
Water and Rights: Some Partial Perspectives
 
Groundwater Legislation
 
Towards a National Water Law?
 
PART THREE: LARGE DAMS
 
The Large Dam Controversy
 
Large Dams, Trans-Boundary Waters, Conflicts
 
Large-Dam Projects: The Framework of Laws, Policies, Institutions and Procedures
 
The Narmada Judgment
 
World Commission on Dams and India: Analysis of a Relationship
 
Changing Views: A Personal Note
 
PART FOUR: THE LANGUAGE OF SECURITY
 
Scarce Natural Resources and the Language of Security
 
Water and Security in South Asia
 
PART FIVE: RELATIONS WITH NEIGHBOURS
 
Conflict Resolution: Three River Treaties
 
The Fallacy of 'Augmentation'
 
PART SIX: WATER: LOOKING AT THE FUTURE
 
Water: The Basics
 
Problems, Weaknesses, Failures
 
Objectives for the Future
 
Assessments of Future Water Requirements
 
The Dilemmas of 'Water Resource Development'
 
Linking of Rivers: Vision or Mirage?
 
Select References and Bibliography
 
Appendices
 
Index

`This is an unusual, intriguing and insightful book.... [Water] sometimes reads like a detective yarn, where wily old Poirot attempts to unravel the complex chains of events, actions (inactions sometimes) that have led to the present failure of hydrological institution building in India.... This is a useful book, and indeed and important one' - Progress in Development Studies

`This book will be of interest to the general reader as also to students and academics on the fields of water resources, hydrology, environmental studies and public administration. It will also attract the attention of policy makers and the media' - CAB Abstracts

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