A South Asian Manifesto on the Politics and Knowledge of Water

Posted On: 2015-11-19

The last fifty years of water management in South Asia has been the story of an unfolding disaster.
Throughout the region, the water and energy requirements of cities and villages have confronted decline in the quality and quantity of water. These years have made societies in the region more vulnerable to environmental degradation and  jeopardised  the future inter-national relations and economic well being of each of the countries in the region. Particularly, unthinking attempts to mechanically bolster supply have almost invariably ignored existing scientific and social knowledge, and ended up by being a disgrace to the principles of good governance. Popular and journalistic writings on the science and politics of water have not helped matters, for they have endorsed perceptions that go against both the science of hydrology and the canons of ecological and economic rationality. We make the following propositions with full responsibility, based on present scientific and social knowledge. We believe that once the shibboleths of the past are shed, it may be possible to at least think about the restructuring of the political economy of water in South Asia.


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South Asian Manifesto by By Imtiaz Ahmed, Ajaya Dixit, Ashis Nandy

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