A Chance to Survive?
Your cover story on the global water crisis and the need for South Asian governments to address a crippling survival threat was informative, extensive and extremely enlightening. The scarcity of water is a looming crisis that threatens our very survival. South Asia, in particular, finds itself in a precarious situation. Not only do countries in this region face an existential threat due to rising sea levels (the Maldives) and flood occurrences (Bangladesh) but also due to political water wars (India and Pakistan). It is a shame that governments within the region fail to acknowledge and take measures for water conservation and preservation. Though India and Pakistan remain at loggerheads over the Indus Water Treaty, it is shameful that even the potable water that is available is most wasted, most polluted and most abused in these two countries. There is an urgent need for government, private institutions and civil society throughout South Asia to raise urgent awareness of the water shortage in their countries. The public must recognize the need to conserve water and prevent wastage. The pressing crisis can no longer be ignored if we are to leave a better, sustainable and safer world for our children.
Dev Kumar, Dhaka, Bangladesh