Geopolitics of the Himalayan rivers: essays on water law, securitisation, and hydro-hegemony

Vasani, Harsh (2023) Geopolitics of the Himalayan rivers: essays on water law, securitisation, and hydro-hegemony. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Abstract

The thesis examines the geopolitics of transboundary water resources in Himalayan South Asia using the case studies of the Mahakali and Koshi basins. In particular, it uses case-in studies of the Pancheshwar and SaptaKoshi-SunKoshi multipurpose projects to be built jointly by India and Nepal. The research questions are: how does regional geopolitics intersect with the governance of transboundary rivers in Himalayan South Asia in the context of increasing water scarcity, and what role does international water law play in assisting weaker riparians in contesting hydro-hegemony and fostering collaboration over transboundary rivers. Based on empirical data, this thesis demonstrates how the Indian hydrocracy securitises the governance of transboundary rivers and locates the role of international water law in the negotiations between India and Nepal. This research exposes the frailty of international water law in assisting weaker riparians in countering hydro-hegemony. It also maps the perspectives of Indian hydrocracy using the Q methodology.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2024 12:22
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2024 12:22
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/94362
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