Converting water to a commercial good to be sold for profit invites disaster. Most of all for poor people whose already pathetic access to water will shrink swiftly.
A glaring example of how desparately privatization or reforms are being persuaded in India, without any long-term vision (I don't think there is any short-term vision too). As Sainath reports, the MNCs are here to fulfill their corporate greed and for that they are using our corrupt politicians and will trample the poor---as the have done in many other countries. Don't our politicians/policy makers look at what happened to similar attempts in other countries in the past? or Are they same damn fascinated by imitating the Western capitalistic (unsustainable) economic model of growth and filling their own pockets, that they are not interested in developing our own model/solution to deal with problems?