ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Jayanta Bandyopadhyay

Holistic Engineering and Hydro-Diplomacy in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basin

The worldwide paradigm shift in river basin management has not affected policymakers in south Asia. Hydro-diplomacy in the Ganges-Brahmaputra- Meghna basin is still based on reductionist engineering, and looks at marginal economic benefits, without showing any concern for the long-run implications for livelihoods and ecosystem. The governments in the river basin are already facing the challenge of extreme poverty, despite the countries experiencing high levels of precipitation. This paper discusses the lacunae of the reductionist engineering paradigm, and stresses the need for a holistic framework in ecological engineering and for hydro-diplomacy in the basin. This framework is based on a new transdisciplinary knowledge base created by the emerging science of eco-hydrology, economics, and new institutional theories.

A Nobel for the Commons: A Tribute to Elinor Ostrom

The Nobel Prize in Economics co-awarded to Elinor Ostrom marks a rare departure from the traditional approach of the selectors which hitherto has been characterised by adherence to sub-disciplines more explicitly recognised as falling within the discipline of economics, rather than those that govern an economic system from its exterior, created at the interface of political economy, economics and social anthropology. This essay is a tribute to her work taking into consideration the implications of her thought in the context of governance of commons in general, and in south Asia in particular.

Water System Management

water System Management Jayanta Bandyopadhyay for narrowing the focus of watershed development. The third, and the last section, is on interpreting community roles and initiatives. The frst two chapters deal with two For some parts of south Asia, water has remained as a major obstacle to human advancement since long. In the eastern parts, as in Bangladesh and eastern India, annual monsoonal inundations have been seen as flood

Water Systems Management in South Asia

Given its population density and poverty, on the one hand, and rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, on the other, south Asia seems to be facing an incipient water crisis not due to water shortage but intergovernmental conflicts. The knowledge base needed to research water systems management and deal with these conflicts has been neglected by countries in the region and only a trans-disciplinary approach, including the engineering and medical sciences along with social, political and economic expertise, will help in poverty alleviation and development.