Living Rivers, Dying Rivers

Hardcover | November 1, 2015

EditorRamaswamy R. Iyer

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Rivers have always been worshipped in India, and yet they are in a deplorable state today. The Ganga, regarded as holy and formally declared as the national river, and the Yamuna, the river of India's capital, are mortally sick. Many other rivers in the country are declining or dying. It isdifficult to find living, healthy rivers, and even the few that exist are under threat of decline. Heavy pollution is a major cause of this situation, but there are also other factors, such as excessive abstractions or diversions of waters, and violence to their physical components such as theriver-bed, banks, floodplains, and so on. Underlying such abuses is a poor understanding of what constitutes a river. This book goes into the present condition of several Indian rivers, their various states of decline or health, and the factors that have had an effect on their well-being. It explores also the deeply flawed attitudes and approaches towards rivers and towards the environment in general. The chapters by diverse authors make a plea for a proper understanding of our rivers in all their complexity, for a healthy relationship with them, and for a radical re-examination of what constitutes true development. This compilation is important as a detailed river-wise account of the situation,and serves as an aid to understanding what has gone wrong (or right in a few cases) and what needs to be done in order to restore our rivers to vibrant health.

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Rivers have always been worshipped in India, and yet they are in a deplorable state today. The Ganga, regarded as holy and formally declared as the national river, and the Yamuna, the river of India's capital, are mortally sick. Many other rivers in the country are declining or dying. It isdifficult to find living, healthy rivers, and ...

Ramaswamy R. Iyer is an Honorary Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:500 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsList of Tables, Figures, and BoxesIntroduction1. Brij Gopal: The Yamuna: Living or Dying?2. Manoj Misra: The Yamuna: An Extreme Case3. Rama Rauta: The Ganga: A Lament and a Plea4. Vinod Tare and Gautam Roy: The Ganga: A Trickle of Hope5. N.C. Narayanan: The Ganga: Pollution Abatement StrategiesaA Review of GAP and Emerging Institutional Models6. Shakil A. Romshoo: The Indus System: Changing Environment in the Jhelum Basin7. Chandan Mahanta and Lalit Saikia: The Brahmaputra and Other Rivers of the North-East8. Dinesh Kumar Mishra: Embanking Rivers: The Bagmati in Bihar9. Kalyan Rudra: The Rivers of West Bengal: Dying, Living10. Ranjan Kishor Panda: The Mahanadi: A Great River in Distress11. R. Umamaheshwari: River as a Feminine Presence: Godavari in Andhra Pradesh12. S. Janakarajan: In Search of a Living River: A Journey across Tamil Nadu13. Latha Anantha: Between the Living and the Dying: Rivers of Kerala14. Leo F. Saldanha and Bhargavi S. Rao: Karnataka: Cauvery in Death Throes15. Pandurang Hegde: Living and Dying Rivers of the Western Ghats16. Parineeta Dandekar: Endangering a Heritage: Rivers of Maharashtra17. Himanshu Thakkar: The Narmada and Other Rivers of Gujarat18. Paritosh C. Tyagi: Caring for Our Rivers: An Overview19. Manoj Misra: A Law to Protect Rivers20. Ravi Chopra: What Hydroelectric Projects Do to Rivers21. Kelly D. Alley: Killing a River: Failure of Regulation22. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt: Towards a More Comprehensive Understanding of RiversRamaswamy R. Iyer: AfterwordAnnexe to AfterwordIndexNotes on Editor and Contributors