Indus Water Treaty was signed between India and Pakistan in 1960 to agree on the usage of water from the Indus river systems. In this conversation, Shri R N Prasher (Retired IAS) describes the historical context of the treaty and the urgent need to review it.
Firstly, there is an inherent inequity in the treaty. Second, there is legal infirmity on the basis of which the treaty continues to exist. Thirdly, given the nature of India-Pakistan relations and the proxy war on India, we have to look at the treaty in totality and not just as a standalone agreement. Finally, due to the lack of technological capacity in Pakistan, the water is not being used properly which defies the very purpose of the treaty.
Watch the full conversation here: