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22 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 August, 2019 01:34:03 AM
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Water sharing with India

Water sharing with India

From what Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar said before the press on Tuesday in Dhaka it can be construed that the central government of India is willing to strike a deal on water sharing, and this position has not changed. When Manmohan Singh was the prime minister of India, two countries were on the verge of signing the deal on Teesta water sharing. But at the last moment due to West Bengal chief minister’s refusal to share Teesta water, it could not be signed. This is despite the fact that the Joint River Commission had already come up with a fair solution to the Teesta water-sharing dispute, detailing how much water each country should receive. What is worse is that this is not unprecedented. India has water-sharing treaties with China and Pakistan, so it bears asking: why not then with Bangladesh?

Jainshankar has stated that his country wanted to make progress to find mutually acceptable formulas to share water from the 54 shared rivers and confirmed that India was ready to make a start wherever possible. The sooner this is done the better, because water sharing problem is persisting for a long time and scant water in the rivers in the lean season is having an seriously adverse impact on Bangladesh’s agriculture. Modalities of a solution to this now must be found out.     

Apparently the central government of India understands the overriding reasons for sharing Teesta water with Bangladesh but the state government does not. Bangladesh has a right to share water of all the common rivers with India, not just Teesta.   

As the matter stands today, to realise its right over water of common rivers Bangladesh must continuously increase diplomatic efforts so that the right to share water is ensured. India and Bangladesh has long history of friendship. And water-sharing is crucial in cementing that friendship.

 

 

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