Rouse your gray cells and get set to be invited to a vigorous session of brainstorming by The Forum For Policy Dialogue On Water Conflicts In India. The purpose is to save the world from the future water wars, and The Forum has come out with a policy brief on water conflicts, which it aims to share with people of different backgrounds - bureaucrats, political leaders, academics, activists and media, among others - at the policy dialogue on the World Water Day, 22nd March.
The aim of the dialogue is to brainstorm over the policy brief and to evolve a consensus of some nature about the need for a national debate on water policy, and on water conflicts in the country. The idea is also to look for alternative ways and means to address conflicts, and, as far as possible, evolve local-level mechanisms to deal with these rather than always taking recourse to legal intervention.
The Forum is a network promoted by the WWF International as part of its initiative called Dialogue On Water, Food And Environment.
An exhibition by Rustam Vania, of visual images around water and water conflicts, is also being organized as part of the event. Rustam Vania is a freelance graphics designer, cartoonist and illustrator, currently based in Bangalore. He was associated with the Centre For Science And Environment, New Delhi, since its inception in 1992, where he subsequently conceptualized and designed the supplement of the magazine Down To Earth, called Gobar Times.