The Cauvery River Waters Authority has rejected the review petition filed by Karnataka. The state of Karnataka had sought a review of the CRA order which ordered the release of 9000 cusecs of water to Tamil Nadu.
However at the Supreme Court today, Karnataka filed an affidavit stating that 9000 cusecs of water had already flown into Tamil Nadu. Although the entire 9000 cusecs of water was not released physically to Tamil Nadu as per the order of the CRA, water had flown into TN as part due to excess water from the North East rainfall.
Karnataka had gone in appeal before the Supreme Court against the order of the CRA. During the last date of hearing Karnataka had stated that it was in no position to release anymore water to TN. However it stated that there was no need to do so since excess water from the North East rainfall was anyways flowing into TN.
Tamil Nadu had filed a contempt petition against Karnataka. In addition to this even Pondicherry filed a petition seeking 1000 cusecs of water from Karnataka.
All these matters will come up for hearing on Friday next.
Where is the need to release water to Tamil Nadu when excess water as a result of the North East rains is already flowing there is what Karnataka has in its defence when it faces the contempt petition filed against it by Tamil Nadu.
When the submission was made before the Supreme Court that it was in no position to release anymore more to Tamil Nadu was made, Karnataka was well aware that it could run the risk of being held in contempt. Looking the decision to stop release of water to Tamil Nadu is contempt of court technically, but Karnataka can take hope in the fact that it was saved by mother nature as a result of the excess rainfall it received thanks to the north east rains. Continue reading “What prompted Karnataka to take the contempt risk?”
Barely is Karnataka able to manage the demands of Tamil Nadu where release of water is concerned, Pondicherry has now sought its share of water too. Today Pondicherry told Karnataka that it needs to release 1000 cusecs of water to it immediately. Continue reading “Pondi seeks 1000 cusecs water from Kar”
After getting a dressing down from the Supreme Court during an earlier hearing on the Cauvery Waters’ Issue, Karnataka yesterday took a bold stand when it said it was in no position to release any more water. The submission by the counsels for Karnataka came despite the Supreme Court telling the state to follow the order of the Cauvery River Waters Authority. Continue reading “Will the bold stand on Cauvery land Kar. in trouble?”
While the Cauvery issue has brought life in Karnataka to a standstill, the battle will continue before the Supreme Court on Monday with both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu battling it out.
While a staggering Rs 60 crore has been spent on litigation alone by the two states, this appears to be a battle which will continue for a very long time. Both the State Governments have been battling it out every year in the Supreme Court regarding this issue and this year too it is no different.
Normal life has been hit in Karnataka following the dawn to dusk bundh called to protest release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. The bundh has evoked a good response across the state. Protests have been organized all through the state.The Chamundi Express was stopped at Srirangapatna. Peaceful marches were held in Mandya and Mysore districts. Around 15000 police personnel are on duty.
Kaveri or Cauvery river is one of the 7 holiest rivers for Hindus. In many Dharmic poojas, the water filled into the kalasha or holy vessel, is adored with a chant. “Gange cha Yamune chaiva, Godavari Saraswati. Narmada Sindhu Kaveri, Jalesmin Sannidhim Kuru”. It essentially means the water being used for the worship of Bhagawan or Bhagawati, is as sacred as the combination of all 7 holy rivers.
Kaveri is the “Jeeva Nadi” or life sustaining river. It is very highly revered by both Kannada (also Kodava) and Tamil people. You can hear 100s of celebratory songs like the super hit song Kodagina Kaveri . You can also see many customary celebrations like Aadi Perukku which is a very special time for Kaveri delta people. In short, SHE is the mother for those who live along its banks.. and SHE is theirs! These people do not understand the artificial linguistic state formation boundaries, politics, courts and other systems.
But today, when you hear Kaveri, what comes to your mind? If you are a person from Tamil Nadu (or Pudhucherry for some part) the “villain” is a state to the north west, Karnataka. If you are from Karnataka (or to some extent Kerala), the “villain” is a state to the south east, Tamil Nadu. And, this is not something that is for just 2012 or 2007 or 2002 or 1991.. this is happening for over 200 years now. The holiest of rivers adored and worshiped as “Kaveri Maata” or Mother Kaveri, has become a humongous political, agricultural, legal, economic and propaganda fight in South India. It does not even leave students or movie industry folks..
Why did this happen? How did this happen? Is there any way out, even if the process is gradual?
For that some basics will be needed. No, I am not going to present every detail about how the dispute got magnified till this time. There are enough resources in internet, court papers, government documents and in media for you to read through. Also, if you are reading till here, most likely you have a special interest in this case, as for most India out of South India, this is just one of those “burning” issues that keep coming up again and again. Like Telangana, Amarnath Yatra, state border disputes and more. Not much interest will be left by now, for those folks. So this is for only those who have a stake in Kaveri water or those who want a peaceful south India in the long run. I am in no way an expert in this topic, but since I drink Kaveri water every day, I have special interest in learning more from my readers here. For that I will present what I have understood about the topic and seek your comments and/or corrections.
There are protests galore in Karnataka over the Cauvery issue and there appears to be no solution in sight with farmers only intensifying their protest with each passing day. The Cauvery Waters issue has always been political in Karnataka and those who have defied Tamil Nadu’s demands have always made gains politically.
A question that many would ask is why the BJP in Karnataka did not capitalise on the issue and defy the release of water. While any such move by Karnataka would have earned the wrath of the Supreme Court, it would have still have been beneficial for any party politically.
The fact is that the Karnataka BJP which rules Karnataka had first planned on defying the order of the Cauvery River Waters Authority which ordered the release of 9000 cusecs to Tamil Nadu. Even after the Supreme Court rap, many leaders in the state had said that they should stand by the demands of the farmers and defy the order even at the risk of losing power. Continue reading “Why the BJP did not make the Cauvery issue political?”