After decades of control over the Ganges flow, the river has demonstrated that it doesn’t recognise a political map that divides its catchment areas and people living there.

Finally, a politician from the upper riparian country has recognised this. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has raised the demand for removal of the Farakka barrage, just falling short of saying it was out-and-out an unjust act.

The realisation has come only when the ‘Ganga’, as the river is called in India, caused flooding affecting the people on the other side of the lower riparian Bangladesh’s border and that, too, specifically for the huge amount of silt that clogged the river as a result of Farakka’s barrier to it.

The concern that Bangladesh’s policymakers and opinion leaders should have over the Farakka has gone into almost oblivion for quite a long time. Read more