Tuesday January 23, 2018

A timely reminder of water’s importance for mankind

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Dr J K Bhutani

Yesterday, March 22 was “World Water Day” and tomorrow, March 24 is Indian festival of colors and water, called Holi. In this article, a medical doctor and public health expert brings you an Indian darshan of jal (water). – NewsGram

In today’s world water crisis is one of the biggest crisis in front of human race. Since the time of ancient India, water was always given a lot of importance by our people and Shashtras. But today there is a need to be careful about the usage of water not only because of crisis but also to stay fit. Many people do not realize its importance for the body.

Hinduism puts Prithvi(पृथ्वी-Earth),Jal (जल-Water),Vayu(वायु-Air), Agni(अग्नि-Fire),Aakash(आकाश-Space)….as the basis of all cosmic creation and the human body too is considered to be made of these five elements.

The most abundant component of our body(nearly 55-65%) water, is in a dynamic state and naturally our daily requirement is variable too, according to the bodily state-of-health, environmental heat, physical activity/exercise, age, and diet!

A normal sedentary person may need about 2 liters (8X8 Eight eight-ounce glasses)per day but a laborer working in hot summer heat may need as much every hour!

For every hour of moderate-severe exercise, we need a liter of extra fluid at an optimal temperature.

As a rough guide of proper hydration color of urine should be a good indicator and once in a day it should look like the water at least and do believe your thirst cues.

Too much of water may be unnecessary load on the renal system and may also be the cause of hyponatremia in some over-enthusiasts.

The potable water is a big question. The public health water is generally safe if managed well and regulated. India started off well in early years of independence and public-health-distributions but some reservations are a constant threat now because of not-so-deep (500 ft) faulty source, improper storage,filtration,chlorination or leaking supply lines before it reaches the taps at home.

The CLEAN-WATER systems installed at homes are possibly ‘NOT-ONE-FOR-ALL-SOLUTIONS’ and are more of a confusion than a trusted help.

  1. Activated-Carbon-Filters can remove organic contaminants that affect taste and odor and may also remove some pesticides or heavy metals like lead.
  2. Ion-Exchange-units with activated alumina can remove minerals such as calcium and magnesium, which make water hard.
  3. Reverse-Osmosis units with carbon can remove nitrates and sodium as well as pesticides and petrochemicals.
  4. Distillation units boil water and condense the steam, creating distilled water…which lacks in minerals.
  5. Ultra-Violet light irradiation of any above method makes any water germs-free to a large extent..just like sunlight.
  6.  Bottled water is growing in business but the apparent safety issues are not guaranteed as it may be for a trusted public-health-tap-water.

Water is becoming scarce especially the potable one and the Wastage is rampant, as is our nonchalance.

On World Water Day 2016 let us resolve to conserve this precious resource for ourselves, our next generations and the mankind.

A few steps by us all, can be a giant leap for the mankind.

Check Leaking Taps, use smaller cisterns for flushing, close taps while brushing-shaving, use buckets for washing vehicles instead of hose-pipes, prefer a bucket-bath to a tub or shower-bath, wash dishes, vegetables and fruits in containers, use recycled waste water for plants, invest in water-harvesting and above all be sensitive to its saving and propagate to one and all!

Dr J.K. Bhutani MD is a protagonist of preventive and promotive health care based on austere biology and facilitating self healing powers of human organism.
You can follow him at https://twitter.com/drjkbhutani

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  • Shriya Katoch

    The unsupervised spending of water will lead to major problems in the future. It is time we recognise that water is a resource and is perishable.

    • Dr.J.K.Bhutani

      True, this is the time when the government, NGOs and media should sensitize the younger generations about the sacredness of the water as a need and as a ‘resource-to-be-preserved and revered’.

  • Shriya Katoch

    The unsupervised spending of water will lead to major problems in the future. It is time we recognise that water is a resource and is perishable.

    • Dr.J.K.Bhutani

      True, this is the time when the government, NGOs and media should sensitize the younger generations about the sacredness of the water as a need and as a ‘resource-to-be-preserved and revered’.

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India China’s Fight Over the Doklam Plateau Explained

Doklam or Donglang, is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India

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By Ruchika Verma

  • India and China have an old history of disputes
  • This time, the dispute is regarding the Dokplam Plateau
  • The area is of strategic importance for both the nations

Disputes between India and China are not at all uncommon. The rivalry between the two nations is famous. There have been several disputes between the two on the India-China border in past, and there seems to be no stopping for these disputes in the present or future, for that matter.

India and China have a n old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com
India and China have an old history of repeated disputes. zeenews.india.com

In June 2017, the world witnessed yet another dispute arising between India and China. This time the dispute was about China building a road extending to Doklam Plateau, which both nations have been fighting over for years now.

Also Read: China is likely to get involved if India disrupts $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

History of the dispute 

Doklam or Donglang (in Chinese), is a disputed area between China and Bhutan located near their tri-junction with India. India doesn’t directly claim the area but supports Bhutan’s claims on it.

India fits into the picture, as this plateau is an important area for India. Not only is Bhutan one of the biggest allies of India; China gaining access over the Doklam Plateau will also endanger India’s borders, making them vulnerable to attacks.

Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan's borders.
Dopkam plateau is an important area near India, China and Bhutan’s borders.

Apart from the hostile history of the two nations, the Doklam Plateau is also important for India to maintain its control over a land corridor that connects to its remote northeastern States. China building a road through Doklam surely threatens that control.

A complete timeline of what happened in the recent Doklam Standoff 

On 16 June 2017, Chinese troops with construction vehicles and excavators began extending an existing road southward on the Doklam plateau, near India’s border. It was Bhutan which raised the alarm for India.

On 18 June 2017, India responded by sending around 270 Indian troops, with weapons and two bulldozers to evict the Chinese troops from Doklam.

On 29 June 2017, Bhutan protested against the construction of a road in the disputed territory.  According to the Bhutanese government, China attempted to extend a road in an area which is shared both Bhutan and India, along with China.

Between 30 June 2017 and 5 July 2017, China released multiple statements justifying their claim over the Doklam plateau. They cited reasons as to why the Doklam standoff wasn’t really needed. And how China has not intruded into India’s territory to incite the standoff.

On 19th July 2017, China asked India again to withdraw its troops from the Doklam. On 24th July 2017,  Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, in his statement, asked India to withdraw and behave themselves to maintain peace.

India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC
India and China seem to never agree when it comes to their borders. BBC

Also Read: Why India Must Counter China’s High-Altitude Land Grab?

What followed till 16th August 2017 was China constantly alleging India of trying to create trouble. They accused India of trying to disturb the peace and not withdrawing the troops, even after repeated reminders. They also accused India of bullying.

India, however, kept quiet during the whole fiasco, only releasing a statement regarding their stand and position at the Doklam standoff.

On 28 August 2017, India and China finally announced that they had agreed to pull their troops back from the Doklam standoff. The withdrawal was completed on that very day.

On 7 September 2017, many media reports claimed that both nation’s troops have not left the site completely. They were still patrolling the area, simply having moved 150 meters away from their previous position.

On 9 October 2017, China announced that it is ready to maintain peace with India at the frontiers. India reacted in affirmative, the peace was established when Indian Defence Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman’s visited Nathu La.

The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay
The issue between the two nations may rise again. Pixabay

The Doklam issue, for now, is resolved. However, given the history of disputes between India and China, it won’t be a surprise if the issue resurfaces again in near future.