What does our fight against pollution (as indeed climate change) tell us about ourselves?
Water is NOT a voting issue at the national level – Why do we expect our policy makers to risk political capital on it?
Voters prioritize many issues - expect meaningful policy only on those issues which are politically possible.
Provision vs Management – the Eternal choice of the Indus Waters
(A version of this piece first appeared in Firstpost on Apr 09, 2019) Last time we saw how the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) defanged the dam as a geopolitical source of advantage. But the more relevant question to ask is – will securing the Indus secure India’s water future? To answer that question, we need …
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Why action on flooding is less likely than an Indian GoT starring Rajinikanth?
We began this mini-series within the column by talking about the Gujarat and Assam floods. Major Catastrophes? Little more than a month ago, large parts of Gujarat and Assam had been inundated by water, and lakhs of people had been displaced. Between then and now, Bihar has been devastated by the floods. Parts of Bangalore …
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Action on climate change: Building solar panels on canals
http://www.business-standard.com/article/reuters/india-builds-solar-plants-atop-canals-to-save-land-water-115011600609_1.html Sometimes solutions come along that are fiendishly clever in their elegance. This is one such. One of the big costs of implementing a solar power plant is the cost of land. This is particularly true in a country like india where land acquisition is fraught with politics and endless publicised fights between farmer, politician and …
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