The Mahendratanaya is a medium-sized river, about 100 kilometers long, but all life in the vast region is connected to it. The river is a transport canal, an irrigation reservoir and a source of drinking water. People will not die of thirst so directly this year, but agriculture in the area has ended.
However, the Mahendratanaya is not the first or last dry river in India. For example, the larger Gomti River, about 1,000 kilometers long and feeding about 2,000 small lakes, has completely dried up 26 tributaries. This, on the one hand, has killed agriculture in the 14 districts of the state where the river flows, halted local hydropower and, most importantly, depleted the Ganges, of which the Gomti is a tributary.
Similar stories are now unfolding in China, where another river near the infamous city of Wuhan has dried up.
Of course, everyone feels sorry for the Hindus affected by this situation, but the main problem here is different.
After the farmers’ uprising against quarantines, which began in India in the fall of 2020, the export of agricultural products from India is already under great question, but if the rivers will dry up at this rate, there will be no export at all. Naturally, this will affect food prices, especially for vegetables.
The water problem in India is partially solvable. Now the Hindus are simply moving water intake pipes closer to what is left of the center of the riverbed, but the next thing they will start doing is to redirect water from Kashmir, where the sources of the Indus River are also located
The Indus is to Pakistan what the Nile is to Egypt, there are no other rivers there. So as soon as India starts some serious redirecting of rivers in Kashmir.