Race to the tailrace: Construction on India’s Baglihar dam on the Chenab, which remains contentious despite being inaugurated in 2008. Photo: wn.com
For the first time, the Jammu & Kashmir government has started a full-fledged process to quantify the losses it claims to have suffered due to the Indus Water Treaty, signed between the New Delhi and Islamabad governments in 1960. In June, the state body in charge of electricity, the Power Development Corporation (PDC), invited proposals from consultancies within and outside India to assess the treaty’s impact. ‘We have been arguing about the losses to J & K state due to the IWT but we do not have accurate figures available with us to substantiate our claim,’ says Iftikhar Ahmad Kakroo, deputy managing director of PDC. ‘So we sought bids from reputed consultancies around the globe to assess this loss on a scientific basis.’ In fact, the state government’s new moves are only the latest in a bilateral fight that is in the process of heating up significantly, calling into question the sanctity of the half-century-old agreement.
Romila Thapar addresses invitees at the
Southasian relaunch of Himal Southasian,
IIC, New Delhi, January 2013.
Old Faces, New Precedents
On 11 May 2013, Pakistan went to the polls in a general election that will transfer power democratically for the first time in the nation's history. Nawaz Sharif has claimed victory for the Pakistan Muslim League-N.
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