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March 27, 2013
Updated: March 27, 2013 16:04 IST
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Water- The magical 'word' yet the horizons are beyond just 'a word',
for the survival and sustenance... even a layman is aware of the
value of water yet no concerns for its(water) survival. India with
such a wonderful past with the mind-boggling ancient civilization
says it is 'THE Water' the Mother of such inconceivable civilization,
today we being civilized are not concerned about water and water-
bodies... we do fight for the water yet we dump plastic bags with
rubbish in it, we believe its pristine, so again we immerse the POP
made figurines in it and name it a custom... we know how important it
is for Holi but forget our little part of using it carefully...
Painfully, WE The Civilized people are killing the mother of
civilizations... And this article clearly puts in place the piteous
consequences of our foul plays and how few take this crack to make
millions out of it and how few suffer in silence.
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 17:06 IST
And I see water wasted everyday! In large quantities! Don't know how
many times I have closed flushes and taps in my hostel.Someone tell me
what is happening in our country.
The most I can do is not waste water.
And in India, we somehow always respect people who get away with bad
acts, cause that shows strength.
Its high time , that people who can fight, who are powerful, take up
Posted on: Mar 29, 2013 at 06:21 IST
P.SAINATH sir has repeatedly exposed the grim drought situation in
Maharashtra in recent past and the article "Tankers and the economy of
thirst " is the latest example of how the common man is suffering from
the drought.Women and children are worst hit because the
responsibility of availing the water in common household rests with
them.Unscientific use of water and the ongoing water trade has already
decreased the underground water table apart from causing other
problems.What is of deepest concern is that The administrative apathy
and lack of political will,and sometimes their collusion , is making
the situation worst .
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 23:55 IST
It is apparent that rain water harvesting needs to be taught and practiced at every
K G SHRIRAM
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 23:40 IST
Where is Govt. of Maharashtra?Where is its money on irrigation spent?
The State should have Ajit Pawar as CM who is more familiar with vulture
culture.Or people should publically beat to the pulp some from Govt. and
private operators.Special trains should be run to make available water
for drinking and household use.People have no option but to pay and go
into abyss of poverty.State can not abdicate its responsibility.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 17:50 IST
Tankers are a common sight in all metros - even in Gods Own Country -
with as was famously said "water everywhere , but not a drop to drink!"
Water is a common resource & is a basic Human Right. Its when its
commercialised that the trouble starts. Its not just tankers but the
water industry that is guzzling common resources & filling the earth
with plastic bottles!!There used to be glass bottles once & glasses
filled, rewashed & reused in our conferences, class rooms & homes! We
will blindly follow the west & enrich Companies such as Coke & Pepsi
that not only deplete water tables (CSE expose, Plachimada) but also
lobby that the Plachmimada bill which will force Coke to pay 216
crores to the local community is not passed. While the Polluter pays
principle is the only option will any number of crores recharge the
water table which will take many decades or more to get back to its
original status if at all?We need to have CLEAN POTABLE WATER IN TAPS
FOR ALL OUR CITIZENS after independence
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 12:35 IST
As usual a very thought provoking article, Sainathji! In Nasik we are facing almost same situation. I still remember the things when I had first read your book Everybody Loves a Good Drought. The book may be about two decade back story, yet situation remains same or may be more worst. One thing I always appreciate about your articles is your numbers speak a lot!
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 11:13 IST
The role of politicians especially like Sharad Pawar's family including his kin Ajit Pawar for the whole drought scenario of Maratwada including the tanker business pointed out by Sainath here is despicable even though it is there for all to see. When will such politicians be caught and punished in our country is what frustrates common men in this country.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 11:06 IST
I have read some of the best environmental, ecological, social
journalism worldwide, and cannot find anyone to put next to Sainath.
His inimitable lightness of touch with mounds of prolific research,
his unrelenting concern, and his use of shaming wit are truly non
pariel. I am hoping that soon his invaluable columns on the theme of
deprivation, especially such as draw our guilt-ridden attention to the
lack of fundamental universal entitlements without which the right to
life and liberty make scant sense, will appear in book form volumes
for ready reference and guidance.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 10:52 IST
Water intensive crops like sugar cane should be avoided in drought prone areas.
Secondly, the solution is rainwater harvesting.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 01:38 IST
A similar situation exists in Bangalore too. Areas like Marathalli are scarce of water resources. The water tanker suppliers in the area are in full demand. These people, in connivance with BWSSB officials and workers, make sure that water is not supplied to residents even on scheduled days, so that residents call the Water tankers to supply water. They charge around 500-1000Rs for the same water. Many water tankers are owned by politicians with their huge cut-outs on them.
This has been reported many times, but still this illegal practice continues in name of social service.
Posted on: Mar 28, 2013 at 01:38 IST
Need to stop the blame game now.We should try to find out the root of this water scarcity.I think rather depending on any one's help,the people in the drought region should use the modern but cost effective technique to conserve water.The people living in nearby villages of AURANGABAD town have invented the new techniques,which is also a part of same drought hit region.
And on the part of government side,the ministry should tell the people about the different techniques of rain water harvesting.
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 23:23 IST
Such a state of affairs in March- I shudder to think of the coming summer months. I hope this
scorcher of an article will kindle some action among the state authorities.
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 22:41 IST
there is policy-induced corruption in such a massive tragedy for sure.
but, can we absolve those of our countrymen who, inspite of the news
that large parts of India are reeling under drought, wasted gallons of
water in Holi? isnt that insensitivity appalling?
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 20:47 IST
Bura na Mano, Holi Hain!
A poster once said,
If after 50 years of independance, women still need to fetch water
from across miles, the drought is not just of water, it's a DROUGHT OF
But where are the middle classes? Busy celebrating "eco-friendly"
holi! I even saw a poster that said, save water - drink Bhang!
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 19:14 IST
Water,Electricity, Air and many more are scarce in India due to mainly 1)over population,2)corruption 3)Bad Planning 4)More Evil deeds due to Cinemas and Internet 5)De-forestation with Concrete jungles These causes have to be controlled if we want rains and water.We have to act in right direction and then only GOD will help otherwise these sufferings will remain.
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 17:12 IST
Will the Union Government, as an immediate measure, ban sale of drinking
water and exploitation of this vital but scarce natural resource by
private parties throughout India? That people are forced to pay for
quenching their thirst in Independent India is sad and shameful. It is
worth reminding ourselves of what the immortal Tamil sage Tiruvalluvar
said in Tirukkural.
"Full rains and yields enrich the land which is ruled by a righteous
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 14:37 IST
Is it so difficult for these elected legislators and corporators to make artificial reservoirs, control unscrupulous digging of borewells, encourage rainwater harvesting? How can the concerned state and union ministries be so apathetic to the situation? Why can't good practices such as those by Modi in Gujarat or Jayalalitha in TN be popularized to educate the politicians first?
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 14:19 IST
My heart bleeded after reading the article on knowing how the water crisis is exploited by a few.The governing authority of the region is silent still ? Is it failure of the administration to think of alternatives ?Jalna would be around 400 km from seashore.But considering the crisis and the drought like situation, a feasibility study of replicating the TN model of desalineating sea water into drinking water could be done by Maharashtra government.The hydrologists should issue warnings that such a massive exploitation of ground water would lead to disastrous effect in major land crack or minor earthquakes. The drought like situation should be capitalised by the people in power to go in for constructing additional ponds/lakes, desilting and enhancing the storage capacity in such areas. We should learn more from countries like Isreal with least amount of rainfall where every drop of water is saved and put into best use.
BASKARAN R V
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 13:44 IST
Sir we Indians talk much and do nothing. This is also applied to
drought control and flood control devices. All talk too much but do
nothing. All are very corrupt and every bodies aim is to gulp money,
corner awards and big positions. They are anti developments also.
Because of them all the major projects are almost stopped causing
massive loss and creating massive unemployment. For effective drought and floods control, plant trees on large scales. But most of the plantation is done in files only and money is gulped by NGOs and government bodies. River linking, construction of dams in large number, install rain water harvesting on war scale are the permanent solutions to protect environment and control floods and droughts. All other measures will be only farce. But as is the system in the country, only we do the lip service. There are few individuals like Shri Narendra Modi who are honestly working to protect the environment otherwise the situation is very frustrating and dangerous.
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 13:09 IST
It would have been even more appropriate to call, 'Why Everybody Prays
for A Good Drought'.
A very true picture across the cities in India. I am not sure if we are
sensitive enough to understand larger implications in the long run. How
long do we continue to behave like an ostrich!
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 12:47 IST
"Water water everywhere, but not any drop to drink!" This in a state
which shares its borders with a sea.
Most of the regions of our country are afflicted with water woes.
However, what is more worrisome is the fact that there is not much
being done at the highest level about this problem. Solutions like
inter-linking of rivers are eclipsed by petty State-politics. The need
of the hour is that we stand up united, conserve at our individual
level and build-up a movement that presses for significant research in
the subject to results in implementable solutions to the problem.
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 12:21 IST
In a water stressed Maharashtra,where 'halo'ed Godmen shell out 50s
and 100s of tankers to add mirth to their rangleelas,the pricking
article makes an aching contrast!Third in the series,Sainath candidly
point towards an impending crisis-where water would set the new
battlegrounds of dire inequalities,exploitation, misery,fatal sibling
rivalries and what not.The thumb rule of colonial quest-'he who controls the waters,controls the globe' seems not to have lost its grain of truth.If not the world,he who controls the water is definitely going to control the length and breadth of the possibilities of survival for the lesser mortals.After all,"everybody
loves a good drought"!
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 12:20 IST
The situation not all too different in Bangalore. We were shelling out
Rs.350/1K litre last summer. This year promises to be worse. And paying
money does not guarantee prompt supply since demand across the city would
be high during the next few months.
I suspect the 'water economy' is as big in Bangalore as Marathwada...
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 11:50 IST
Excellent article. Water market is booming like no other markets because as the time goes the water crisis is going to be worst than today due to rapid expansion of industrial unit without taking care of environment. And government is sleeping as usual. This present government is the worst i have ever seen. Its high time to make sure that this crisis do not expand to other region .
Md Marghoob Inam Naghmi
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 10:25 IST
Everybody loves a good drought....
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 10:17 IST
State leaders failed on every front of development of common man.
They looted state from every side.But we common man responsible for
this.We choose them as our leader. They are interested only in giving
boost (to economy) to particular business group at the cost of common
man. THIS IS MAN MADE DROUGHT SITUATION. RESPECTED SIR IN MAHARASHTRA
WE BUILD DAM AT NEVER BEFORE KNOWN COST.YOU KNOW THIS CHAPTER.THIS
SPACE ALWAYS GIVES A WAY TO EXPRESS DISPLEASURE AND ANGER OF COMMON
MAN.THANK YOU. BUT BY MERE COMMENT CAN WE CHANGE THIS
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 10:06 IST
This is yet another well researched article from Mr Sainath. His closing sentences sound
almost prophetic. "Things are awful but not at their worst."
Since I do not own tankers (like the vast majority of my compatriots), I will pray for rain this
Posted on: Mar 27, 2013 at 07:57 IST
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