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Ways Out of the Quagmire

Water Resources of India by A Vaidyanathan (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2013; pp 233, Rs 250 (paperback).

More than 30 years ago, M S Randhawa wrote Agricultural History of India in four volumes, tracing the growth of agriculture after human beings gave up a nomadic way of life more than 9,000 years ago and settled down. He analysed the status of agriculture in India and dealt with the growth of irrigation, one of the most important components of agriculture in the country. A Vaidyanathan’s Water Resources of India reminds one of Randhawa’s works in the early 1980s. It deals with most of the problems that have been subsequently faced and suggests a way out that could still be attempted to put irrigation back on the rails.

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