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

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Cauvery, Courts and Some Larger Questions

As the long-standing Cauvery dispute shows, frequent resort to court mediation reflects a growing politicisation that relies more on judicial orders to redress grievances rather than taking recourse to forums especially established for bilateral discussions and negotiations. While the courts hold out the prospect for a speedier resolution, forums established for participatory discussions lack the necessary framework to be meaningful - a gap, which the draft national policy guidelines for water allocation tried unsuccessfully to fill.

India's Medium-Term Growth Prospects

This paper reviews India's recent growth performance and assesses medium-term growth prospects in the light of relevant factors. These factors include the likely evolution of fiscal and savings-investment imbalances, financial sector performance, the role of the external sector, economic reforms and productivity, infrastructure constraints, problems in agriculture, the likely developments in labour supply and demand and governmental performance. The paper concludes that it might be reasonable to expect growth in the next five years to fluctuate in the range of 4 to 6 per cent, perhaps averaging close to 5 per cent, provided there is no major economic or financial crisis. This is much lower than the 6.7 per cent growth achieved in the Eighth Plan period and far lower than the 8 per cent mooted in the Tenth Plan.

Water Security and Management

The recent national water policy lacks substance, direction and seriousness in addressing the real issues in India's water problems. The attempt to find quick-fix solutions has perennially hindered long-term planning and process, and setting up of institutional arrangements coupled with legal and legislative support. In this context, it will be helpful for India to study the comprehensive water policy document introduced in South Africa and draw relevant lessons for an integrated approach to water management.

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