ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Perils and Prospects of Democratisation

Interstate Water Disputes

The politicisation of interstate water disputes in India is an inevitable fallout of the historical and structural conditions that obtained at the time of forming the Indian union. Looking at the 2012-13 escalation in the Cauvery river water dispute, this article examines how politics plays a part in shaping such disputes and sets limits on our responses to them through legal means. Considering the effects of politicisation, it argues that contrary to predictions of water wars, these politics may have a positive impact on accentuating interdependencies between states and deepening democratic spaces if they are supported by appropriate institutional responses.

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