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India-China-Brahmaputra

India justifiably feels uneasy about what plans China may have for the Brahmaputra in Tibet. It needs to raise the issue whenever there is evidence of planned diversion. But given our vulnerability as a downstream nation it is clear that we need to reconsider our own thinking about rivers, and be consistent between what we do internally and what we expect our neighbours to do, and between our behaviour towards our downstream neighbours and the behaviour that we expect from China vis-à-vis ourselves.

Interlinking of Rivers

The interlinking of rivers (ILR) project is in the news again. The Union Minister for Water Resources, Uma Bharti, is reported to have said that the execution of the project would be accelerated. The project is a highly controversial one, and there are strong bodies of opinion both for and against...

A Development Manifesto

Adapting Gandhi’s words on non-violence, let us proclaim that development is the first article of our faith, it is also the last article of our creed. Let us hold aloft the banner of development. Development is our birthright. People of India, unite for development: you have nothing to lose but…...

Dialogue Needed on Sardar Sarovar

The following is an Open Letter to Uma Bharti, Minister for Water Resources, Government of India: We the undersigned believe that the recent decision of the Narmada Control Authority (NCA) to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by 16.76 metres (m) taking the height to the designed final...

Environment and Development

There are some worrying signals from the new government in New Delhi that it could compromise on environmental concerns in the pursuit of more rapid growth: clearances could be given quickly (i e, environment protection requirements will be loosened), the Land Acquisition Act could be diluted and more. It may be more useful if we shake ourselves free of the obsession with GDP growth rates and try instead to make India a caring, humane, compassionate, equitable, just and harmonious society.

Mullaperiyar: Missing the Point

R Seenivasan’s article (“Historical Validity of Mullaperiyar Project”, EPW, 25 January 2014) on the Mullaperiyar Project, hereafter MP, is a scholarly, well-researched, informative piece of historical writing. Regrettably, he seems to have failed to understand the thrust of my criticisms of the...

Chomsky and Wittgenstein

This criticism explores the relationship between the Chomskyan and Wittgensteinian views of language. It argues that Chomskyan linguistics seems reductionist, as it defi nes linguistics narrowly, refusing that name to many different kinds of language study.

Cauvery Dispute

The Cauvery dispute has been adjudicated but remains unresolved. The reason is that there has been an all-round failure: confrontationist state governments, an ineffective central government, a somnolent Inter-State Council, a creaking adjudication machinery, a Supreme Court that has not been supportive of the Tribunal, the silence of the intellectuals, and alas, the failure of the "Cauvery Family". The Award now notifi ed has to be operated, but that will not happen unless Karnataka's strong sense of injustice is assuaged to some extent. This article proposes a voluntary transfer of some part of its allocation by Tamil Nadu to Karnataka. Such an action on Tamil Nadu's part will transform the situation.

Maligning the CAG

We are dismayed and distressed at the reported statements by R P Singh, former director general (DG), Telecom Audit which has the potential of undermining the effectiveness and the credibility of the audit department. Without questioning his motivations, we condemn his action in the strongest...

Life in the Age of the NIB

I was very glad to see the two articles on the proposed National Investment Board (EPW, 10 November 2012). It is ­incredible that such a preposterous idea has been proposed. May I state the following – for cathartic purposes, if no other? Sweeping aside five decades of slow, painful growth of...

River Linking Project: A Disquieting Judgment

The recent Supreme Court decision on two writ petitions of 2002 on the inter-linking of rivers is a deeply disquieting judgment because it is not only a clear encroachment into the executive domain, but also shows an inadequate awareness of the extensive debate on the project. The ruling provides strong backing to a "project" that many hold to be fundamentally fl awed and potentially disastrous. This article fi rst deals with the question of judicial overreach and then considers the soundness of the project in terms of the various benefi ts that are claimed on its behalf. It concludes with a plea for an urgent reconsideration of the judgment.

Mullaperiyar: A Plea for Sanity

The safety of the Mullaperiyar dam is not a matter for judicial determination. This dispute is eminently a case for an agreed settlement by amicable talks between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Talks at the intergovernmental level must be supplemented by civil society moves to bring the people concerned in the two states together.

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