ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Hydrology versus Ideology

Flawed Concepts Underlying the Water Sector Reform Proposal

Telling farmers to adopt low-productivity crops while promising to extend irrigation to all with imaginary water is not a strategy that India can afford.


This is in response to the article by Mihir Shah, P S Vijayshankar and Francesca Harris (2021) that appeared in the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) titled “Water and Agricultural Transformation in India: A Symbiotic Relationship—Part II.”

We have no difficulty in endorsing the basic scenario of India’s water resources set out in this article. A few key quotations summarise the situation well:

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