Lacking piped water supply, young girls and women in rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir spend hours walking long distances to get water far from their homes and waiting for their turn at the source.
With the water bodies shrinking in size due to encroachment and in depth due to siltation, Kashmiri livelihoods are at stake.
The Jammu & Kashmir state government has been working quietly on a huge project to save one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.
Worldwide, hydropower projects are running into problems and being scaled back, but India is doing the opposite in what appears to be a determination to maximise the benefits of the Indus Waters Treaty.
A programme to ‘recharge’ springs has ensured that parts of the state now get water all year round.
Going against RBI guidelines, the SBI branch told the officer that government offices were not allowed more than Rs 24,000 a week in cash.
The former union minister discusses his motives for leading a civil society delegation to the Valley and how peace can be achieved.