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South Asian groundwater seems a narrow subject ill suited to an exploration of the socio-ecology of natural resource development and exploitation.

South Asian groundwater seems a narrow subject ill suited to an exploration of the socio-ecology of natural resource development and exploitation. Yet Tushaar Shah’s new book Taming the Anarchy takes a historical perspective on water resources and agrarian production in an intriguing treatment of irrigation governance that has implications beyond South Asia or just groundwater

Tushaar Natwarlal Shah. This book is about the growing anarchy in South Asia’s irrigation economy. Shah (2009) argues that groundwater exploitation in South Asia has occurred in a chaotic, unregulated manner by myriads of small-scale informal water users.

Tushaar Natwarlal Shah. From antiquity until the 1960s, water mobilization and management for agriculture were predominantly the affair of village communities or the state. He adds that formal authorities lack political support, institutional capacity and interest in fighting groundwater over-exploitation and degradation, and labels the situation as 'anarchy'.

Taming the Anarchy’ is an important and-as Tushaar Shah says in its preface-a provocative book. The author provides interesting details in describing the extent of the tube well irrigation revolution in South Asia and the likely consequences for the future of canal irrigation. Readers, he expects, will question some of his powerful ideas and arguments. Amarasinghe UA, Shah T, Turral H, Anand BK (2007) India’s water future to 2025–2050: business-as-usual scenario and deviations.

Yet Tushaar Shah’s new book Taming the Anarchy takes a historical perspective on water resources and agrarian production in an intriguing treatment of irrigation governance that has implications beyond South Asia or just groundwater

Yet Tushaar Shah’s new book Taming the Anarchy takes a historical perspective on water resources and agrarian production in an intriguing treatment of irrigation governance that has implications beyond South Asia or just groundwater. Shah’s synthesis of irrigation technology as the means of agrarian livelihood, with social and political organization framing the evolving modes of production, offers new insights of interest to a broad Human Ecology readership

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Taming the anarchy: groundwater governance in South Asia. Washington, DC, USA: Resources for the Future; Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI). Sustaining Asia’s groundwater boom: An overview of issues and evidence. T Shah, AD Roy, AS Qureshi, J Wang.

Senior Fellow, International Water Management Institute, Colombo. Taming the anarchy: Groundwater governance in South Asia. Natural Resources Forum 27 (2), 130-141, 2003.

Multiple options to purchase locally. 6. Aquifers and Institutions 7. Can the Anarchy be Tamed? 8. Thriving in Anarchy Endnotes Glossary of Hindi and Other Terms References Index

Multiple options to purchase locally. Thriving in Anarchy Endnotes Glossary of Hindi and Other Terms References Index. Author(s) Bio. Tushaar Shah is a senior advisor at the International Water Management Institute. We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.

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Print version: Shah, Tushaar. 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& irrigation economy

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 vividly illustrated by Tushaar Shah, 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. Taming the Anarchy is about the development of this chaos and the prospects to bring it under control. It is about both the massive benefit that the irrigation economy has created and the ill-fare it threatens through depleted aquifers and pollution. Tushaar Shah brings exceptional insight into a socio-ecological phenomenon that has befuddled scientists and policymakers alike. In systematic fashion, he investigates the forces behind the transformation of South Asian irrigation and considers its social, economic, and ecological impacts. He considers what is unique to South Asia and what is in common with other developing regions. He argues that, without effective governance, the resulting groundwater stress threatens the sustenance of the agrarian system and therefore the well being of the nearly one and a half billion people who live in South Asia. Yet, finding solutions is a formidable challenge. The way forward in the short run, Shah suggests, lies in indirect, adaptive strategies that change the conduct of water users. From antiquity until the 1960�s, agricultural water management in South Asia was predominantly the affair of village communities and/or the state. Today, the region depends on irrigation from some 25 million individually owned groundwater wells. Tushaar Shah provides a fascinating economic, political, and cultural history of the development and use of technology that is also a history of a society in transition. His book provides powerful ideas and lessons for researchers, historians, and policymakers interested in South Asia, as well as readers who are interested in the water and agricultural futures of other developing countries and regions, including China and Africa.
Taming the Anarchy: Groundwater Governance in South Asia download epub
Engineering
Author: Tushaar Shah
ISBN: 1933115602
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Subcategory: Engineering
Language: English
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 15, 2008)
Pages: 324 pages