India has made tremendous progress over the past few decades with regard to drinking-water supply in rural areas. Thus, while coverage in rural areas was estimated at 18 percent in 1974, it has increased to at least 72 percent. This first basic measure of access to water indicates that there has been tremendous improvement in the realization of the human right to water in rural areas of India. At the same time, full realization is yet to be achieved.
The Human Rights Paradox
University of Wisconsin Press