| The Kaveri river is to South India what Ganga is to North India, or Nile is to
Egypt -- basically a very important river, around which life revolves. The
problem is that there is not enough water in the river for all, and nobody seems
to agree on how to share the river -- especially the neighboring states of
Karnataka and Tamilnadu.|
But unlike Alabama-Georgia-Florida
water disputes the Indian states of Karnataka
and Tamilnadu are feisty and defiant in dealing with the problem. No matter
who mediates, the settlement is unacceptable to one of the parties. It's just
like the Arab-Jew problem -- one's gain has to happen at the other's expense.
That's the number one problem.
"We've Decided Not to Make a Decision"!
The number two problem is really a problem of India, where political
leadership doesn't have the will to solve any problem, and instead postpones
making decisions or brokering deals. Even after sixty years since freedom, the
leadership of the two states is unwilling to solve the problem for the fear of
Incompetence on Karnataka's Part
In 1990, a tribunal was set up to resolve this matter. Most political
decisions in Karnataka are made based on the caste, so I assume that the people
who were to plead Karnataka's case in front of the Water Tribunal were also
picked based on caste or nepotism, and were incompetent to guard the interests
of the people. Whereas, the team from Tamilnadu argued its case effectively, and
the resulting judgment favored Tamilnadu 419:270 thousand million cubic feet.
This judgment is no more than a reflection on the part of Karnataka to argue its
The Fire of Regionalism
Add to this complex mix is the problem of regional fanaticism. The Kannada
and Tamil communities share an intense love-hate relationship compounded by such
issues as border disputes (once the Tamil association of Bangalore had
campaigned that Bangalore be annexed by Tamilnadu), politics, crime (Rajkumar, a
popular cinema actor was kidnapped by a Tamil mafia), and old-fashioned
Protest Against Whom?!
The epitome of the tragedy is the behavior of the fanatics who called for suspension
of work in protest of the decision. Like my relative exclaimed "What
are they protesting against?! We know the judgment was not fair. How will
shutting down my business make it right?!" Don't get me started with the
silliness of these fools. Now they are campaigning against Girish Karnad
said something about honoring the decision of the tribunal. They have no
weapon than the fear they can cause on the weak, they have no intellect to solve
any complex problem, and no wisdom to argue their case in a civil manner.
|(Comments Disabled for Now. Sorry!)||First Written: Tuesday, February 13, 2007|
Last Modified: 2/13/2007 9:02:26 PM