The labelling of Arvind Kejriwal as ‘anti-Narmada’ by political cadres in Gujarat is only in keeping with a long-standing culture of discouraging any dialogue on the river itself and gagging dissent at large, says Himanshu Upadhyaya.
Lessons from the "other" Indo-Pak conflict The award by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the dispute between India and Pakistan over the Kishenganga hydroelectric project has several dimensions that could hold important lessons for settling water disputes within the country, says Shripad Dharmadhikary.
Travelling afar for solutions nearby
The plan to erect 12 dams in order to meet the water requirements of cities in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region is not only objectionable from an
environmental perspective, but also undermines the priorities laid out by the 12th Five Year Plan.
Powerful forces get water for power
The construction of barrages to meet the water needs of thermal power plants in western Chattisgarh shows that irregularities involved in the
allocation of this resource may be as large as the ones in coal allocation itself.
throws light on the issue.
Villages devoured by rising waters
The extent of submergence of villages and farmland in the Narmada valley under the backwaters of Sardar Sarovar dam increases with successive
stresses the need for a more realistic and effective look at solutions to the woes of the region.
MP town seeks to reclaim its right to water
An independent committee appointed by the state validates and upholds most of the objections raised by civil society against attempted
privatisation of water supply in Khandwa.
Shripad Dharmadhikary, Rehmat and Gaurav Dwivedi
discuss the report.
'Maha' problems over minor irrigation
A tragic accident at the Chinchave Minor Irrigation Project in Maharashtra brings into focus long-simmering questions over the quality of
minor irrigation works as well as the nexus between engineers and contractors.
takes a look.
River basin management: Missing the boat
The draft River Basin Management Bill 2012 has been crafted with good intentions but threatens to be counter-productive unless the critical need
for decentralisation of power is addressed; a review by
NaMo Narmada: Who gains?
As elections draw closer, state rhetoric over the Sardar Sarovar dam heightening project is slowly reaching a crescendo as evident from various
media reports, but who will finally benefit from the moves on the ground?
asks some hard questions.
National Water Law needed, but not this!
Legislation to regulate and administer the country's water sector is a crying need, but the Draft
National Water Framework Law recently submitted by the Alagh Committee is a disappointment.
Why women in this village can't cook dal
If you keep water standing in a glass for a while here, it causes a stain around the rim.
describes the tribulations and ordeal of women in Mamana village of Uttar Pradesh, as they fight to collect potable water everyday.
Kerala loses its precious Kenis Keni, the miraculous mini well of adivasis of Wayanad in Kerala, is well on its way to becoming a part of history - a victim of rapid environmental decline of this once bountiful state.
A village with 60 millionaires! Once impoverished and drought-prone, Hiware Bazar in Maharashtra is a shining example of how a visionary leader can use good governance to make degraded areas resource-rich and transform the future of its people through empowerment and inspiration.