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Rivers Divided: Indus Basin Waters in the Making of India and Pakistan

Daniel Haines


The Indus Waters Treaty is considered a key example of India–Pakistan cooperation, but less has been said about its critical influence on state-making in both countries. This book reveals the importance of the Indus Basin river system, and thus control over it, for Indian and Pakistani claims to sovereignty after South Asia’s Partition in 1947. Securing water flows was a key aim for both governments. In 1960 the Indus Waters Treaty ostensibly settled the dispute, but in fact failed to address critical sources of tension. Examples include the role of water in the Kashmir conflict and the riveri ... More

Keywords: Indus Water Treaty, South Asia, Cold War, Decolonization, Rivers, Territoriality, Sovereignty, Water sharing, Riparian rights, State building

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190648664
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190648664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Haines, author
University of Bristol, UK