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Water First
Issues and Challenges for Nations and Communities in South Asia

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June 2018 | 476 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book outlines the contemporary issues and challenges that confront both the nations and the communities of the South Asian region, particularly India, where control over water has always been a symbol of social and political power. It explores the adequacy of the competing and/or complementary explanations for these daunting challenges of envisioning water management in one of the most densely populated parts of the world with a long history of water control.

Water First: Issues and Challenges for Nations and Communities in South Asia brings together cutting edge interdisciplinary perspectives from renowned scholars on the histories, politics, ecologies and cultures of water. Through a rich offering of case studies and local examples, it elaborates on current water management practices, the passions and complexities that these practices have inspired, and the policies that have impacted the patterns of water use. The book shall hold great interest for policy makers, social scientists, students, research bodies and organizations, and national and international development and donor agencies.
Peter P Mollinga
Foreword
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
Introduction: Placing Water First
 
I. THE REGIONAL POLITICS OF WATER IN SOUTH ASIA
Ramaswamy R. Iyer
National and Regional Water Concerns: Setting the Scene
Avijit Gupta
The Monsoon Rivers of South Asia: A Geomorphological Perspective on Managing Monsoon Rivers
David Hardiman
The Politics of Water in Colonial India: The Emergence of Control
Douglas Hill
The Regional Politics of Water Sharing: Contemporary Issues in South Asia
Binayak Ray
Global Conventions and Regulations on International Rivers: Implications for South Asia
Rohan D'Souza
River-Linking and its Discontents: The Final Plunge for Supply-side Hydrology in India
 
II. REGIONAL ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND APPROACHES
Robert J. Wasson
Water Quality and Economic Growth in India
Bruce Caldwell
When a Public Health Story Goes Sour: Arsenic Contaminated Drinking Water in Bangladesh
Atanu Sarkar
Arsenic Contamination of Ground Water: Social Determinants of an Environmental Crisis in India
Sara Ahmed
Gender and Integrated Water Resources Management in South Asia: The Challenge of Community-managed Alternatives
Vishal Narain and Saurabh Chugh
Institutions for Integrated Water Resources Management: Lessons from Four Indian States
Saravanan V.S
Top-down or Bottom-up?: Negotiating Water Management at the Local Level in South Asia
Sucharita Sen
Watershed Development Programmes and Rural Development: A Review of Indian Policies
 
III. INTERPRETING COMMUNITY ROLES AND INITIATIVES
Saurabh Gupta and Subir Sinha
Beyond 'Dispositif' and 'De-politicization': Spaces of Civil Society in Water Conservation in Rural Rajasthan
Judy Whitehead
Submerged Voices and Transnational Environmentalism: The Movement Against the Sardar Sarovar Dam
Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
Negotiating Water Management in the Damodar Valley: Kalikata Hearing and the DVC
Jennifer Duyne Barenstein
Endogenous Water Resource Management in North-East Bangladesh: Lessons from the Haor Basin
Annie Bolitho
The Ganga (or the Problems of Translation)
 
Index

This book provides a useful collection of chapters and will be of interest to readers in South Asia, as well as, development professionals, social activists and water systems engineers everywhere.

Economic and Political Weekly

This volume is undoubtedly a stimulating contribution to the recently unfolding global debate that centers on several issues, like the management of nature, climate change, environmental degradation, and an increasing resource crunch…This collection of essays is a significant contribution to the history of water and it is expected to open up a fresh dialogue between the disciplines about the management and conservation of water.

Hnet Online.com

Water First brings together cutting edge interdisciplinary perspectives from renowned scholars on the histories, politics, ecologies and cultures of water. Through a rich offering of case studies and local examples, it elaborates on current water management practices have inspired, and the policies that have impacted the patterns of water use. This book will be of great interest to policy makers, social scientists students, research bodies and organisations, and national and international development and donor agencies.

Development Alternatives

The book…should be given Biblical status by policy makers and water experts to understand the cultures, ecologies, histories and the politics of water issues in detail…. The book offers interesting observations on the gap that has so blatantly been exploited over the years. The South Asian region must pull its act to deal with diminishing water, and realize that a lot of cleaning up needs to be done before it is too late. This book will explain how to do just that.

www.Dawn.com

This book is all about water. It is authored by academics, some of whom can write in a way lay people can understand. Importantly, all the essays are profusely referenced, so someone wanting to read further knows where to look.

Business Standard

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ISBN: 9780761936251
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