Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Dr. Susan S. Wadley
Dr. Sudha Raj
Arts and Science
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Anthropology | Other Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology
Water is an essential need for people everywhere, yet its security is increasingly becoming endangered around the world. The escalating global water crisis has profound ramifications for health and livelihood particularly in developing countries like India. India faces enormous development challenges in addressing the needs of a rapidly growing population. The world’s largest democracy, India needs to improve its delivery of public services, especially to the poor and those living in rural areas.
The present study investigates the current public health situation in Rajasthan and the challenges India faces in providing water and health services. Fieldwork was conducted in rural communities in Rajasthan to assess the prevalence of water-borne and sanitation-related diseases, as well as diseases from poor nutrition. Such diseases result from unsafe and/or inadequate supplies of water. In rural areas, people are much less likely to have access to safe water than in urban areas. Rural inhabitants also rely on water to irrigate their land and cultivate their crops. Thus, water is necessary not only for life but to produce food.
This paper will examine water and health issues in India within the broader scope of water issues on the international level. These issues are intricately linked to political forces and governance, and so the notion of responsibility in addressing diseases that result from unsafe water, poor sanitation, and poor nutrition will be discussed.
Arastu, Firdaus, "The Liminality of Zimmedari and its Consequences on the Water Quality and Health of Meena Communities in Rajasthan" (2012). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 172.
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