India’s Water Crisis: An Interview with Author Nitya Jacob
Environment News Service – 26 May 2008

DELHI, INDIA: Former business and environmental journalist Nitya Jacob has undertaken an unusual task – an ecological travelogue across the Indian subcontinent focused on water. The Delhi-based writer’s findings are stark. After writing a book on the subject, he says that in spite of surplus water, and one of the world’s richest traditions of managing it, India’s water crisis has reached critical levels. Jacob’s new book is called “Jalyatra: Exploring India’s Traditional Water Management Systems.” In it he observes, “The 5,000 years worth of traditional knowledge which made India one of the richest countries in the not-too-distant past has been forgotten and is one of the main reasons behind the crisis.” Read the article…