By: Tushaar Shah
300 pages, figs, tabs
In 1947, British India - the part of South Asia that is today's India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh - emerged from the colonial era with the world's largest centrally managed canal irrigation infrastructure. However, as illustrated by the author, the orderly irrigation economy that saved millions of rural poor from droughts and famines is now a vast atomistic system of widely dispersed tube-wells that are drawing groundwater without permits or hindrances. This book examines the development of this chaos and the prospects to bring it under control.
Likely to have a significant impact, both on decisionmaking and future research in the region....South Asia can be seen as a proving ground for the groundwater boom and bust cycles that will inevitably play themselves out in other regions. - Christopher Scott, University of Arizona "Very likely to be a book that will significantly shape the debate on India's irrigation economy, particularly the groundwater economy. The book will push many people to think 'outside of their box.'" - Peter P. Mollinga, University of Bonn"
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