India’s Enduring War of Water Governance Paradigms
India’s Enduring War of Water Governance Paradigms Abstract
This brief examines the silent “water war” being waged in India in the form of confl icts over two opposing paradigms in water governance: the reductionist, colonial engineering paradigm, and the emerging, holistic paradigm of integrated water governance. The brief highlights the paradigm debate at the global scale, and outlines the canons of the integrated approach, contrasting it with the reductionist approach using examples in India. It makes a case for a long-due paradigm shift to the integrated approach.