In recent times, we have seen water used as a weapon of war; last September, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) pointed out with deep concern that in Syria, water had become “a tool in the hands of fighting parties.”

https://www.icrc.org/en/document/syria-water-used-weapon-war

It is therefore with some consternation that we learn this week of trouble in Delhi, where the sabotage of a canal by protesters has led to a critical water shortage.

Respect for and the protection of water supplies should be a non-negotiable value at all times and in all places. To lose this respect for water as a life essential is to become a little less human. No cause is worth the loss of one’s own humanity.