Scarcity of water because of steep fall in its level in countries like Israel, Turkey, Jordan and other western countries could lead to the third world war, said Allahabad University vice-chancellor, Prof Rajen Harshe. He was addressing the inaugural function of the three-day 28th meet of the Institute of Indian Geographers hosted by AU’s Department of Geography at the Senate Hall on Thursday.
The theme of the meet is ‘Managing our natural resources with focus on land and water’.
Harshe said exploitation of natural resources and unkind behaviour of man towards land and water had led to the shortage of water and land.
He further added that the green cover of the earth has been reduced to a large extent by deforestation and that the Sahara desert was increasing with an alarming rate. He said that post-modernisation has brought into being a critical geography. Major cities of the world are facing heavy pressure on land due to migration of people from rural areas. He also said that the geographers have to deliberate on issues related to the effects of preservation of water by large dams, water user associations, water harvesting and several other aspects of water and land.
Chairman of the meet, Prof RP Mishra, former Vice-Chancellor of AU said that the masses must be involved in the natural conservation as was being done by geographers in Bihar. In his presidential address IIG President Prof DN Singh elucidated the effects of scarcity of water in different areas of the country and detailed the areas which need to be worked by the geographers.
General Secretary of IIG Prof VN Datye presented the report of IIG and praised the efforts of AU for hosting the meet.
Earlier in the day, convenor of the meet and Head of AU’s Department of Geography, Prof HN Mishra welcomed the guests and discussed the theme of the seminar.
Prof Manorama Sinha conducted the proceedings while Prof Kumkum Roy proposed the vote of thanks. Distinguished geographers from across the country including Prof KR Dikshit from Pune, Prof HS Gupta from Raipur, Prof PS Tiwari from Madras, Prof HS Sharma from Jaipur, Prof Ali Mohammad from Aligarh, Prof Manhas from Jammu, Prof KS Sohal from Patiala, Prof Vasanth Kumaran from Madras, Prof Shivlingappa from Mysore, Prof OP Goel from Manipur, Prof Rawat from Nagaland besides delegates from Bangladesh, Nepal, Srilanka and Pakistan were also present on the occasion.