This paper explores the possibilities for the implementation of the Right to Water in the Indian context and is divided into four sections. Section one deals with the meaning of the right to water in Indian law; Section two deals with the challenges posted by increased mining, large dams, energy projects, land grabs, water privatization, discrimination and climate change; Section three looks at the policy framework and government’s response; and Section Four notes some recommendations and action points for the civil society and government which will make it possible to achieve the right to water.
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The UN right to water resolutions present an incredible opportunity for communities and groups around the world. It is not often that a new right is recognized at the United Nations, especially around an issue that is as increasingly political and urgent as the global water crisis. The right to water and sanitation resolutions are living documents waiting to be used for transformational change around the world. However, they will be only as meaningful as people and communities make them. The challenge now is ours