Friends of PHS

Afsar Jafri

Afsar is one of the founding members of the Pani Haq Samiti. Apart from his work on water rights, he also has over 15 years of work on agriculture and food policy. He is closely linked with farmers’ groups in India and outside.

Ashok Kumar Tawadia

Ashokji is the Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Special Engineering) at the BMC and also heads the Hydraulic Engineering Dept. among others.  He has constantly provided us with guidance and support.

Dr. Bharat Patankar

Bharatji is one of the architects of the equitable water distribution movement in Maharashtra. He has been fighting for the rights of workers, farmers, dam evictees, and agricultural labourers for over 40 years. He has also worked for alternative cultural, women’s liberation, and radical anti-caste movements.

Dr. Nikhil Anand

Nikhil Anand is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His first book, Hydraulic City (Duke University Press 2017), focuses on the ways in which cities and citizens are shaped through the everyday management of water infrastructure in Mumbai. His research focuses on the political ecology of cities, read through the different lives of water.  

Dr. Phillipe Cullet

Philippe Cullet is a professor of international and environmental law.  His areas of interest include environmental law, natural resources, human rights and the socio-economic aspects of intellectual property. 

Gaurav Dwivedi

Gaurav Dwivedi has _ years of experience and expertise on water issues. He has worked with organisations such as the Manthan Adhyayan Kendra and has been published by the India Water Portal.  He specializes in the subject of water privatization.

Medha Patkar 

Medha is the founder of Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA). She is also one of the founders of the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Movement, and commissioner on the World Commission on Dams, she has participated in and supported various mass struggles across India against inequity, non-sustainability, displacement and injustice in the name of development. 

Purva Dewoolkar

Purva Dewoolkar is an architect and urban designer. She was the program coordinator for the Trasnforming M Ward project by TISS. She is currently a Ph.D candidate at University of Manchester.

Sabah Khan

Sabah is a feminist activist whose interests are minority rights with a focus on women.  She follows this passion through her voluntary engagements. She co-founded Parcham, a group dedicated to breaking stereotypes based on religion, class, caste, gender and other markers of difference to create a society respectful of diversity. 

Sangeeta Banerji

PhD Candidate at the Department of Geography at Rutgers University. She holds a multi-disciplinary understanding of contemporary issues concerning urban development in India. 

Sanjeev Chandorkar

Sanjeev is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Water Policy, Regulation and Governance, School of Habitat Studies, Mumbai campus.


Shreepad Dharmadikari

Shreepad is the founder of Manthan Adhyayan Kendra. They research, analyse and monitor water & energy issues from the perspective of just, equitable and sustainable development. His interests include dams, rivers, irrigation, privatisation of hydro-power, commodification of water, analysis of water & energy policies, energy-water nexus and environmental flows.  

Shrikant Argade

Shrikant Argade was a Deputy Hydraulic Engineer at the BMC and alumni of IIT Bombay.

Sujith Koonan

Sujith Koonan is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He completed his doctoral research on ‘The Right to Sanitation in India: A Multi-Faceted Right in Search of a Comprehensive Framework’ in 2018.

T.V. Shah

Talak V Shah used to be a Hydraulic Engineer with the BMC. He has worked on Mumbai’s water distribution system for years. He is well respected for his stand against the commercialisation of water and has also lent his support to PHS’ cause.


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