INDIA: The Fingers of Indus

"Half the country is burned by the sun, and the other half drowned by the river, while the whole is waterlogged with debt." This description of the Indus valley, made long ago by a British official, holds true today. But the wet and dry Indus valley has a further melancholy distinction: as much as anything else except Kashmir, it serves to keep India and Pakistan at swords' points.

Himalayan Snows. The problem of the Indus basin is that its six rivers (the Indus, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, Beas) have their upper waters in India, yet flow through Pakistan to empty...

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