“Until now rivers are treated as free flowing water that can be joined and re-distributed. Rivers have natural systems; they are not just water pipes. If you treat them as pipelines, the consequences can be dire.”

The water disputes between the South Asian Countries provide classic examples of the contentiousness of the issues involved in the management of international river basins. One major cause behind the failure of these countries in finding a comprehensive solution to these disputes is their reluctance to embrace the more recent norms of relevant international law.

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