Eleven years ago, when the initiative to conclude an agreement on sharing the waters of the Teesta with Bangladesh had come a cropper, it was rather presumptuous to expect an accord at last Thursday’s meeting of the Joint River Commission in Delhi though all issues relating to common rivers had figured in the talks. It was hardly a success to claim breakthroughs on two fronts ~ an agreement for the interim sharing of Kushiyara, which flows into Bangladesh from Assam, and another on the design and location of the water intake point from the Feni river to meet the water requirements of landlocked Tripura. There was no mention of Teesta and this is suggestive of the fact that there has been no change in the stance of Mamata Banerjee since September 2011 when she decided to skip the the bilateral meeting which was presided over by the then Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. (Read More)
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