Dr Ruth Gamble is a lecturer in history at La Trobe University. She is an environmental and cultural historian whose research focuses on the Himalaya, the Tibetan Plateau and water in Asia.
The recent territorial disputes in the Himalaya have a long history. They also imperil the future of a fragile place.
The planned dissolution not only creates a regional disturbance, but tips the balance against minority rights.
An engaging study of the consequences of over-exploiting precious water reserves is missing some important local voices.
Geopolitics are transforming this influential region politically, culturally, linguistically, and environmentally.