Human Dimensions of Hydro Based Development in Mountainous Regions: Socio-Psychological Perspectives
Water is ever-increasingly becoming the single most precious and essential item that sustains life in this world, enabling all humanity as well as nature to survive. Since the inception of human civilization, man has been involved in the process of making his life more comfortable. In this process of giving meaning to his life and make it more comfortable, he altered nature according to his need. Earlier, this was need based but with the passes of time it start converting the need to luxury and the pace of it has changed drastically and at present, thinkers are compelled to think and suggest the policy makers to re-think and re-introspect which are being initiated in the name of development.
The Indian Himalyan Region is spread in 10 states, 95 districts, contributing 16.2 % area, shares boundary with 7 countries. The region is responsible for providing water to a large part of the Indian subcontinent and contains varied flora and fauna. IHR is having hundreds of lakes and three main river basins i.e. The Indus, the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. Developmental actitivities on 31 rivers in Barahamputra basin; 67 rivers in Ganga basin and 19 rivers in Indus basin and having more than 1000 rivulets, streams and tributaries giving meaning to the lives of lakhs of people in the downstream as well as up-stream are being targeted for the quality papers for this proposed session. Papers on other Mountainous regions touching theme of the session are also welcome.