This post is to spread the word – Water. To spare a moment to think about – Water. To help grow awareness about this source of life – Water.
I was thinking of writing this post since I read this column about the must watch environmental documentaries. Initially it was to be more about interesting documentaries to watch. It’s not about documentaries any more. It is about – Water.
Ever since I read that column and saw these movies – Blue Gold: World Water Wars & FLOW: For Love of Water – I’m seeing more and more similar stories and patterns. Ex: In this news they say Egypt is ready to wage war against Ethiopia for the later is planning to build a dam on the river Nile. In another story folks in Chile are protesting against a big multinational corporate which wants to build a dam on their pristine river. And today these pictures about water shortage in Delhi. What could be more ironic than to have one of the oldest river, on the banks of which lord Shri Krishna himself once played and bathed, flowing in your backyard and yet you are thirsty for Water.
Actually, being an Indian, none of this or what they show in the above documentaries comes as surprise or news to me. For these situations and fights are quite commonplace in India. Yet, what surprises me is how less do we talk and discus about these issues in comparison to all the drama and brouhaha about PRISM and surveillance states and digital privacy & rights and gay rights and gun control and if you are in India, you see drama over arrest & pardon of an actor, IPL cricket, spot/match fixing, and to top it all octogenarian senior most politician throwing tantrums like a 10 year old girl and the others cajoling him out of it. It’s crazy! All these things don’t even matter to everybody like Water does.
Even more surprising is how some of us justify wrong doings of big corporate multinationals and powerful bodies. I had heated debate wherein I was explaining about this movie Blue Gold and how people are protesting against big corporates for building dams and pumping billions of galleons of water every day from natural water sources and how it is practically drying those sources. They come back saying private companies are perfectly justified in trying to maximise their profits and value to their shareholders; That is why they exist. I should/could not hold them responsible on moral or ethical grounds. I was stunned and surprised beyond shock for a moment.
I understand that private companies work to maximise their profits. I’m okay with that. But if you pump billions of galleons of water every day for that profit and value to your shareholders, I think it is wrong. It should take less than common sense to see that it is wrong. It is like milking a cow for 50-60 litres every day without really feeding her and caring for her. Sooner than you expect, the cow is going to kick and say sod off moron!
Along with all the global political and financial deficit we carry today, we also have a greater deficit in being able to know right from a wrong and good from a bad.
Some of these links below:-
 Narmada Diary – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rexfjg0xGek
 Water shortage in Delhi – http://blog.tehelka.com/photo-blog-water-shortage-in-delhi/
 Egypt on war against Ethiopia – http://oilprice.com/Geopolitics/Africa/Egypts-Instability-Triggers-a-New-Proxy-War-Against-Ethiopia-and-its-Allies.html
 Chilean protest – http://adventureblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/06/10/rios-libres-video-2-the-history-of-the-dam/
 Environmental documentaries – http://calamur.org/gargi/2013/06/07/lokmat-column-must-watch-environmental-documentaries/
 Blue Gold – World Water Wars – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikb4WG8UJRw
 Flow – For Love of Water – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmWdco0glEA
 Satyamev Jayate – Water – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqVAHBiGLic
 Truth About Tigers – http://www.truthabouttigers.org/home/