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River Disputes in India: Kerala Rivers Under Siege

S.N. Sadasivan (Author)
Synopsis River Disputes in India, is a precursive study of the water resources which have become a subject of controversy. As paramount power, the British had pressurized the ruler of the native state of Travancore over a period of twenty years to part with the perennial waters of one of its entirely in-state rivers for satisfying the water requirements of the neighbouring territories which they directly governed. The riparian laws which still are in their infancy, during the time of the British, were largely of their own making to subserve the interest of their provinces. Even after independence, the Central Government, induced by political consideration, followed the British in dealing with the river waters, instead of adopting an independent course indispensable for maintaining strict impartiality and canons of justice between disputing riparian states and to make a clear distinction between in state and inter state rivers. The study places due emphasis on the development of riparian laws clearly defining the position of in state and inter state rivers. Most riverine agreements are unequal, designed to promote the interest of the strong. Rivers flow in obedience to the laws of nature and to play their roles as assigned by nature. Rivers create civilization and sustain its growth and durability. Obviously interfering with their courses, has far reaching adverse consequences which may become manifest not immediately but after a considerable period of time when it will be too late to find out remedial measures for them. It is the persisteing fallacy that the rivers waste their wasters into the sea that has led to the unscientific and arbitrary interference with them by human agencies solely motivated by their self-interest. The study goes into all these questions in needed detail so as these questions in needed detail so as to find appropriate and valid answers to them.
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About the author

S.N. Sadasivan

Prof. S.N. Sadasivan (b. 1928) has been active in the field of civil service training for over 36 years. A versatile scholar, Dr. Sadasivan by structuring two schools, the electro-centric and socio-centric, has arrived at the conclusion that it is not the electoral system but the social system that electoral system but ehe social system that ensures the stability and viability of democracy. His book Party and Democracy in India, a study of more than 200 political parties in all their aspects and facets, has secured a place among political classics. A Social History of India which he authored (published in 2000) amply testifies to his ability to make searcing, rational and intensive analyses of the Indian social system, its subtle, imperceptible social control techniques confusingly massive literature. He has so far authored 11Books, the latest being Productivity and Efficiency in Administration (2002). As Consultant to the Commission for District Reorganisation in Madhya Pradesh in 1984-85, he evolved a non-political formula for the purpose. He has made significant contributions to the development of the Kerala Institute of Public Administration, Thiruvananthapuram between 1978 and '80 and of the Academy of Administration, Bhopal (1988-93) He was Professor Public Administration at the Indian Institute of PUblic Administration (1980-88) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the National Academyof Administration, Mussoorie (since 1998). His work Administration and Social Development in Kerala is a pioneering study in Administrative Sociology. Dr. Sadasivan was Consultant to Public Administration to the National Academy of District Taxes, Nagpur, btween 1993 and 95.

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Title River Disputes in India: Kerala Rivers Under Siege
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170999138
length xxx+238p., Tables; Index; 23cm.