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Dam on the Brahmaputra

The recent commissioning of the Zam Hydropower Station on Brahmaputra is part of the ‘great dam diplomacy’ being played by China (“ >We need to talk about the Brahmaputra,” Oct.27). China controls the Tibetan plateau, the world’s water tower — the birthplace of rivers like the Indus, the Sutlej, the Arun Brahmaputra, the Mekong, the Salween, the Irrawaddy, the Yangtze and the Yellow River. Hence, our neighbour to the east controls the resources that fulfil the water needs of nearly half of the world’s population. China has 14 land neighbours, 13 of them are co-riparian but it is not a party to any international water-sharing treaty. This can be termed ‘water despotism’, similar to the ‘oil hegemony’ practised by the gulf nations in 1980s. Being an upper riparian state, China wants to leverage its favourable location to its advantage. Its argument that the dam, being a run-of-the-river type, will not affect lower riparian states, is a flawed one as well. India needs to take up this issue at the highest levels with China.

Shubham Goel,

Hapur, Uttar Pradesh

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