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Towards Water Wisdom
Limits, Justice, Harmony


© 2007 | 272 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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.
 
Preface
 
Preamble: Understanding Water
 
PART ONE: UNDERSTANDING THE CRISIS
 
Water Crisis: The Mainstream View
 
The Water Scene in India
 
Water Governance
 
The Question of Politicization
 
Re-Examining Past Thinking
 
The Question of Demand
 
Crisis or Crises?
 
Crisis of Understanding
 
Apotheosis of Fallacy: ILR Project
 
Supply-Side Conundrum
 
PART TWO: 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
 
PART THREE: CONFLICTS OF OTHER KINDS
 
Narmada: Abandoning the Displaced
 
Profit versus Life
 
Privatization, Markets
 
PART FOUR: 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?
 
PART FIVE: TAKING NOTE OF OTHERS' THINKING
 
Issues and Concerns in the Neighbourhood
 
Some International Formulations: A Critique
 
A Parenthesis on a Different View
 
PART SIX: DRAWING THE THREADS TOGETHER
 
Some Glimmers of Hope
 
Towards Wisdom on Water
 
The Larger Framework: New Thinking for a Changing World
 
Appendices
 
References and Select Bibliography
 
Index

It is an informative and easy read, written by an author qualified and experienced enough to know the reality of the water scenario, and bold enough to critique the various alternative positions…. Its message is directed to all members of society and not solely those in positions of authority or power. Though focused upon India and South Asia, the book’s case studies are of global relevance and significance. Ramaswamy Iyer’s message is wholly positive and constructive, and supportive towards the poor and the environment. This philosophical text is an important contribution to the global struggle for a wiser management of our most vital resource.

Journal of South Asian Development

This is a timely and must-read volume presenting an overall scenario on water and conflicts over water….Towards Water Wisdom is like a reader for those seeking a comprehensive account of the water scenario, especially conflicts over water in the country. But as one digs deeper it seems as good as a policy document on some very important water debates of contemporary times, including perspectives on water privatisation, rehabilitation and environmental considerations that are corollaries to the water issue….an immensely useful addition to literature on water issues.

Frontline

This remarkable book attempts to showcase the essential features of India’s—and to an extent the world’s—water sector and point the way towards achieving equity and harmony in the use and sharing of our water resources…There are many books on India’s water sector these days, but few take a holistic view of the sector as this one does. The book is remarkable for its clarity, even when expressing views that go against accepted wisdom. The author’s narrations of the international and interstate water sharing disputes are informative, analytical and provide thoughtful suggestions.

Down to Earth

The book is valuable for the understanding of water problems and issues in a lucid manner and would be useful not only for the scholars and policy-makers but also for the common man.

The Book Review

The author highlights that water, a simple and familiar feature of our daily life, is in fact a highly complex phenomenon with multiple aspects. There is little knowledge of the concepts of hydrosphere, hydrological cycle, hydrological unity and much less appreciation of the finite nature of the quantum of water on earth.

Business India

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