India@75: Tracing the colonial hand in evolving water tapestry

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Many of the seeds of the our tangled thicket of a water crisis originate in colonial times – a penchant for growing crops unsuited to local climes, a centralized control-and-command approach to irrigation and water supply, and a certain disdain for traditional water technologies that ‘get’ India’s water. We’ve added our own two bits post-independence – a ‘water-is-free’ ethos that delays and downplays the need to manage water. Add climate change that intensifies India’s varied and volatile water cycle and geopolitics, and you have a thorny hydra of a crisis.

Sharing my latest piece that appeared in the Times of India, Sunday Edition on 21/08/22.

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