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The ill-conceived push for a high dam to curb Kosi flooding is a litmus test for democracy in India

From Scroll.in (Oct 27, 2020) Will the people impacted by the project be heard through the cacophony of money, careerism, certitude and bombastic populism? In years that the Kosi river floods in Bihar, government officials from Delhi and Patna rush to observe the river’s “wrath” from high-flying helicopters. Inevitably, political leaders, bureaucrats and sections of
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River in disequilibrium: How engineering attempts to ‘tame the Kosi’ have only added to human misery

From Scroll.in (Oct 26, 2020) An ‘embankment mafia’ of technocrats, politicians and contractors ensures that alternative measures are not discussed seriously. This year, the monsoon in Nepal was extended by nearly a month and ran into late September. It finally bid farewell with an extended four-day spell of rainfall (jhari) over the Kosi river catchment
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