A Chance to Sur­vive?

Southasia - - Editor’s Mail -

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

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