Articles by Mridula Ramesh
Oct 12, 2019
Findings from Keeladi excavation site have a clear message for modern cities: Cherish your water, or perishToday, as the peripheries of our cities experience a seasonal ‘Day Zero’ and our water future looks to become decidedly more temperamental, the Keeladi site almost serves as a ‘Back to the Future’ moment for our cities
Jul 05, 2019
Chennai water crisis: Way ahead could encompass decentralised sewage treatment, solutions matching pain with gainIf by some miracle, the population shrank, our water bodies were restored, our economic model changed, and citizens voted for water management — the Chennai water crisis would vanish.
Jul 04, 2019
Chennai water crisis: How 'great' teamwork, muddy data enabled poor management and engineered a disasterChennai is overdrawing its ground water 1.85 times. The false sense of plenty is one possible reason why we have managed our water so poorly. But the second possible explanation for poor management is the lack of a good incentive mechanism — either for our politicians or our bureaucracy.
Jul 03, 2019
Chennai water crisis: Why provision, while alluring, couldn't slake a growing city's thirstQuenching Chennai’s thirst by leaning solely on provision is like trying to fill the fabled yaksha’s seventh pot of gold.
Jul 02, 2019
Chennai water crisis: Citizens' Day Zero experiences impacted by locality, income and consumptionIn the Chennai water crisis, there are 50 shades of (Day) Zero: your personal crisis depends on where you live, how rich you are and how much you consume
Jun 03, 2019
Greta Thunberg is right; we aren't responding to climate change like the crisis it isStrikes, such as those organised by Greta Thunberg, are a start — an important start. But the choices you and I make — who to work for, who to vote for, and who to buy from — will be what moves the world.
May 09, 2019
Lok Sabha Election 2019: Compelling local narrative, targeted income scheme could make water a voting issueToday, popular narrative spins ‘provision’ (of water, versus 'management') as being poor-friendly. That must change if we want to make water management resonate with the voters.
May 08, 2019
Lok Sabha Election 2019: Voting on Delhi’s water crisis — the matter of time and scaleIf those that are most affected by lack of water do not care to vote for its proper management, the future looks bleak.
May 06, 2019
Lok Sabha Election 2019: What polls in India have to do with winning the country's water crisisAt the heart of the politician-water nexus is the need to balance different interests — between groups and within the same group.
Apr 06, 2019
Indus waters: For both India and Pakistan, the choice is between provision vs managementWill securing the Indus secure India’s water future? To answer that question, we need to understand what use the water is put to.