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Environmental Issues in India by Mahesh Rangarajan

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THE DREAMS OF A WATER WARRIOR

Roopali Phadke

Vilasrao Salunkhe, best known for his founding of the Pani Panchayat model of equitable water distribution in Maharashtra, passed away on 23 April 2002 of a massive heart attack. One by one, his friends around the world are coming to terms with his loss. When environmentalists are eulogized, it is often by those who have known them longest, fought beside them and revelled in well-earned victories. I, honestly, did not have that privilege. On these pages, I commemorate a man whom I knew for the briefest of times. Yet, his vision dominates my understanding of how circumstances can and do change, and why we must invest in our shared human capacity for justice.

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