Yet these measures are not adopted. Again there are two reasons for this. The first is that the big dam lobby and the politicians and bureaucrats who stand to gain from this are pushing for centralised investment in the construction of big dams on the various rivers instead of decentralised investment in water retention through local surface treatment and structures and recharge into underground aquifers. Secondly decentralised water management requires a high level of community cooperation and this is anathema to the mainstream political parties which are only interested in dividing the community and siphoning off the development funds through their local functionaries.
The net result is that the shameful tragedy of floods not only repeats itself but is getting more and more devastating every year. Shown below is a photo of the terrible effect that the most recent floods have had in Assam.
It is pictures like these that make one sceptical about such facile slogans as "The Power of We". A serious grassroots movement against such injustices requires extensive mass work among the people and strong advocacy at the policy level. However, as the long drawn struggle for a saner water resource management policy has shown, the powers that be are in no mood to relent from pursuing their unjust and environmentally unsustainable water management policies.