Water, water, everywhere!
The other day, I received a WhatsApp text from a friend from Mumbai about the city of Chennai: from January to October, there is water scarcity, while in November and December, water scares the city. Profound or not, the message was pithy enough to grab my attention. How come India ranks near the very top in the list of water-scarce nations on the planet, yet the state of water science, engineering, and policy, is so dismal? In the land where rivers are Goddesses and nature is worshipped is all her divine glory, why is the science and engineering of water and climate not among the most sought-after disciplines, and Indian research in hydrology and climate not among the best in the world?