Only those countries advance fast and are on the right track which have farsighted futuristic planning not only to keep the extraordinary exigencies under control but also turn unexpected adversities into advantage for the people. The climatic conditions have witnessed a marked change not only at the local or national levels but more adversely at the global level as well. The scarcity of water will be one of the major causes of wars including World War III, because under the present circumstances, various types of clashes and internecine struggle for power and control of natural resources, will not let this blind brutal game of power stop anywhere. The world panchayat in the garb of United Nations Organisation, now ineffective, toothless and partial, will also meet the fate of League of Nations that had come into form after World War I in 1919. Now the situation has come to such a pass that we are faced with a new and dangerous problem of population pressure, reduction of natural resources and their massive exploitation globally. These trends have left us exposed to repetitive droughts, fast melting of glaciers, destruction of natural habitats and forest wealth worldwide, thus leading to global warming. Such a phenomenon will prove very dangerous not only to humans but everything supporting life on this earth. Summers will bring damaging droughts, and rainy season will bring massive destructive floods’
We can harness things to our benefit if those exist around but when we have none of these, we are left with no choice except self-destruction. In the absence of farsightedness and faced with financial crunch, our governments lacked innovative ideas to do something to better the life of people. We don’t have the way because we lack the will. We have water potential but we don’t have developed the mechanism to exploit it as yet because the people at the helm of affairs never bothered to conserve it. An idea was floated in an issue of Hindi magazine Dharmyug then being edited by Dr Dharmvir Bharti in 1971 about linking of India’s rivers to divert water to the rain-deficient areas and conserve water at the low-lying parts of the country by constructing dams etc. Then it was expected that something concrete would come out and make the country green and prosperous. But our position is not like that of Tennyson’s mariner in the middle of the sea that ‘water is here, water is there, water is everywhere yet not a drop to drink’. The position here is not different, we are in the midst of rivers and allow it to go to the seas. We quarrel among ourselves for water , instead of saving it for ourselves, we allow it to flow untapped. We have seasonal water, we need to harness it in a proper way and conserve it properly. This project of linking rivers will have to be undertaken, the sooner it is done, better it is for the nation’s health.
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