By 2029, China is severely short of potable water. Her rivers are polluted and aquifers drying up. To overcome this very serious problem, they conceived a project to divert Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra River) from flowing south to India and Bangladesh to flowing north to Northwest China.
India protested against this project to the UN, who referred it to the International Court of Justice. Both the Court and the UN held that as the river originates in Tibet, a province of China, China was entitled to alter the course of the river to suit her.
India realised that unless Tibet became independent, China will exploit the law as it stood and execute the project.
What follows in the book is how India prevents China from achieving the diversion of the Brahmaputra through a combination of strategic thinking and action. India's actions brought China to a stage when she had to fight against India including threatening the use of nuclear weapons.
The book deals with the Chinese and Indian actions as well as the contribution of Tibet to the final settlement of what amounted to the world's first water war.
Though it is a work of fiction, it could also qualify to be called "Future History" if the plot as woven in the book begins to come true.
Author: Gen S Padmananabhan, former COAS
Features: HB, Manas