India’s water woes – need for global partnerships and investment
India accounts for 18 per cent of the world’s population but only has 4 per cent of the globe’s usable water sources. There is an urgent need for world class technologies, partnerships and investment, writes India Inc. Founder & CEO Manoj Ladwa.
Of all the political and economic fault lines that crisscross India, water is arguably among the oldest and most important, albeit least discussed issue.
Perhaps details of river water sharing formulae are considered too arcane or maybe India’s urban population considers it primarily a rural problem; but India’s internal water wars have not received the kind of public attention or been subjected to intense public debate.
Yes, disputes like the one over sharing the waters of the Kaveri between the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa and Puducherry hit the headlines whenever there is a flare-up in tensions and violence over the issue. But it disappears from the public consciousness within days.