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Blood and WaterThe Indus River Basin in Modern History$
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David Gilmartin

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285293

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285293.001.0001

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The Indus Waters Treaty and Its Afterlives

The Indus Waters Treaty and Its Afterlives

(p.220) 7 The Indus Waters Treaty and Its Afterlives
Blood and Water

David Gilmartin

University of California Press

The Indus Waters Treaty, in some ways, settled the international water conflicts touched off by partition and triggered a large-scale expansion of irrigation works on both sides of the border, particularly in Pakistan, where the contours of the river basin were remade with funding from international donors and the World Bank. But the divisions of the waters under the treaty also led to the expansion of groundwater use, intensifying provincial water conflict on both sides of the border, and to attempted reforms in irrigation management. The underlying tension between the political dictates of managing communities linked to blood and communities linked to the productive use of water has continued to influencethe ways these reforms have played out.

Keywords:   Indus Waters Treaty, irrigation reform, inter-provincial conflict, groundwater, Pakistan

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