Whether the waters in South Asia can be characterized by ‘shared commonalities’ or whether transnational consensus must precede localized or unilateral policy interventions do not constitute the primary axis of the debate. The developmental discourse in this regard seems to have perpetuity, at least in terms of policy mindsets, which transcends boundaries and reduces the issue to usage of water for so-called ‘national’ purposes and considers the deleterious effects as being the sine qua non of development. Additionally, policy interventions in water are paradigmatically ‘statist’, ‘top-bottom’ and non-participatory having scant regard for complex issues such as loss of culture and livelihoods.
Raja Habib Raja is an economist and currently is working for a leading development finance institution. He is also a co-editor at Pak Tea House. One of my friends, who is from Bangladesh… Continue reading
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Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir teaches development studies at the University of Dhaka and is the chair of the Unnayan Onneshan, a think-tank, based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Do the official narratives explain the development… Continue reading