Baghawati speaks with the admirable strength and pride of a mother who lost everything, but managed to rescue her family and offer her children a second chance. Yet, she worries the little peace and stability that she managed to rebuild may only be temporary. The landslide is worsening, she says, with rains becoming more intense, and each year the floods are more uncontrollable, threatening her new home caught between crumbling rocks and overflowing rivers. Where will she go? How will she provide for her family? What does the future hold for her children?
In a context where the government provides little to no support, especially in remote rural areas, perhaps the best bridge to reconciling the life-taking and life-giving nature of water is through education. Driven by his ambition to unlock the development potential of water, Dadhiram’s grandson, Sagar, has dedicated his life thus far to understanding and harnessing the productive power of water. He obtained a Masters of Science in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford in 2018, and now works for the ICSHP – a joint organisation consisting of the UN, China’s Ministry of Water Resources and China’s Ministry of Commerce. With the memory of his home village threatened by a worsening landslide and destructive floods close to his heart, he hopes to bring sustainable water management practices at the forefront of government decisions in the near future.