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Unruly WatersThis part of the world is getting ever likely like a history of india then about water rivers The subtitle of the book perfectly catches it s contents how Himalayan rivers and the monsoon have the book perfectly catches it s contents how Himalayan rivers and the monsoon have the history of South

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A wonderful at the intersection between climatology hydrology environmental sciences history geography economics and politics For too long I and I guess most Europeans have read the history of people outside of Europe as narrated by Europeans This book beautifully demonstrates why we need to pay attention to their history as told by themselves Unruly Waters is the history of hydrology in India Sounds boring It probably is not as interesting as political or military histories but it is no less illuminating probably even soThe notion of British rule "as a tyanny is so ingrained that it was pleasantly surprising "a tyanny is so ingrained that it was pleasantly surprising read about dedicated civil servants working to solve a problem that affected people gravely than British atrocities the Monsoon It makes you think that all Britishers were not in India to merely insult Indians with racist slursAmrith does a meticulous job Throughout South Asia shaped visions of political independence and economic development provoked efforts to reshape nature through dams and pumps and nleashed powerful tensions within and between nationsEvery year humans have watched with overwhelming anxiety for the nature of that year's monsoon to be revealed with entire populations living or dying on the outcome From the first small weather reporting stations to today's satellites the ,

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Given the numerous civilisations that have flourished in South Asia from the Indus Valley Civilisation through the conuests of Alexander the Great onwards I had expected Asia from the Indus Valley Civilisation through the conuests of Alexander the Great onwards I had expected book to cover much of the history of humankind In fact it only covers the last 200 years or so mainly from the time of the British Raj onwardsThe supply of water to this part of the world is entirely dominated by two things the Indian Ocean monsoon and the rivers flowing from the Himalayas They create a niue and fragile water system and one which in relation to the size of the population produces only a fraction of the freshwater that the rest of the world has access to Over the last 100 years dams and groundwater pumps have allowed South Asian nations to better irrigate their land but these come at increasing ecological costs Groundwater levels have fallen alarmingly "and dams built pstream deprive those further downstream "dams built The Night Eternal upstream deprive those further downstream the water meaning that control over the Himalayan sources of Asia s major rivers is becoming ever important One senses that year by year the likelihood of famine war and environmental disaster in. A bold new perspective on the history of South Asia telling its story through its climate and the longest to tame its watersSouth Asia's history has been shaped by its waters In Unruly Waters historian Sunil Amrith reimagines this history through the stories of its rains rivers coasts rivers and seas and of the weather watchers and engineers mapmakers and farmers who have sought to control them He shows how fears and dreams of water have. F chronicling the history of water management in India Initially it does appear tedious and the prose feels "repetitious However what struck me is the incredible amount of research done by Amrith in "However what struck me is the incredible amount of research done by Amrith in pursuit of this off the beaten track history of India Just reading the bibliography should be an interesting read for most and a lesson in historical writingMost of the book is focused on India and so the title s Asia reference is slightly misleading A comparative history would ve been fascinating but Amrith pays lip service to Chinese history Maybe he didn t have time or interest in researching Chinese Pakistani and Southeast Asian history to the same levelThe LAST CHAPTERS DESCRIBING THE CURRENT AND chapters describing the current and state of water in India makes for very distressing reading especially if you have lived it and know that there is very little hope I felt Amrith s references were a little weaker here than his initial chapters and he migrated from historical analysis to current policy analysis in the last chapterOverall a scary book about where we are going that puts our challenges in historical perspective. Odern battle both to nderstand and manage water has literally been a matter of life or deathToday Asian nations are racing to construct hundreds of dams in the Himalayas with dire environmental impacts; hundreds of millions crowd into coastal cities threatened by cyclones and storm surges In an age of climate change this highly original work of history is essential reading for anyone seeking to nderstand not only Asia's past but its futur. ,