May 04, 2016

Harvest Of Misery And The Perpetual Drought Politics

In this New Indian Express Article, Visiting Fellow at IDFC Institute, Shankkar Aiyar says that "the system and discourse [on draught management] focus too much on the consequence and too little on the causatives"


"Drought was discussed last week too—in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. There was much politics—who did better on what. There was also much lament over relief to states—and argument about what constituted relief and compensation. As with the previous debates/mentions/calling attention/adjournments, the political class agreed to disagree on most issues. But they did agree that something must be done. What exactly must be done—the big idea, the great plan if at all articulated—was lost in the din."

"Can a country with a rising urban populace and over 7,500 km of coastline evade options like recycling of grey water, reclaiming of waste water, desalination and thermal hydrolysis? Can India continue without a modern ground water usage policy? How about integrating space technology capability further with water management—for recharge and usage? There is also the issue of the structure of governance—should water be taken off concurrent list and reverted to the Centre; can water be better managed by local bodies?"

"It is these questions that the political class must ask and address. Typically, the system and discourse focuse too much on the consequence and too little on the causatives. The aspiration of super power status demands India resolves its most basic problems. Water tops the list."


Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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