Wednesday 31 October 2012

Author(s): Jyotika Sood

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  • How naive can you be, feeding

    How naive can you be, feeding in to this political frenzy of little minds! So if Karnataka and Tamilnadu were formed on some other basis - or were one contiguous state - then there would have been no problem? Or would you have argued on the merits of the farmers from the eastern half of the state versus the farmers from the western part of the state? They are ALL farmers and they ALL need the AVAILABLE water to be commonly used - and shared - as has been done over centuries (I suppose). So please don't excarcebate the situation with all your high-funda analysis, and feed it as gist to the mill of uninformed antagonists.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • This is wanton naivete on the

    This is wanton naivete on the part of CSE to attribute the woes of water sharing only to the paddy requirements on either side of the border. To anyone even remotely aware of the local situation, it is clear that a major share of Cauvery water use in Karnataka goes towards the sugar cane crop, which in turn fuels molasses production that fuels liquor production, and hence keeps the political engine of the state ticking. Political leaders mislead local youth into agitating for water rights so that their coffers are protected. Mandya's drought will directly affect the amount of liquidity available to politicians in the coming elections. The drinking water requirements of Bangalore and Mysore are also protected by IT barons and others so that their staff will stay on to work for them. On the other side of the border, has anyone done an assessment of how much Cauvery water goes to industrial use? One would expect a better researched and balanced article from DTE.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Dear Jyotika, Read your story

    Dear Jyotika,

    Read your story on the Cauvery issue first with interest and then growing disappointment.

    I say this as someone with roots in both states, what on earth were you thinking of? The story is no story. Why are you repeating the bullshit that politicians have been trotting out regularly to work their vote bank?

    Though you give a neat pr├®cis of the origin of the dispute and unfair claims of Tamil Nadu (yes they are unfair but Karnataka too has made idiotic claims over water rights which you do not bring up at all), there is no analysis of whether the tribunal's judgement is fair. You go straight into rhetoric from Karnataka about how they are doing their best to reduce water use. Did you get any data to support this or independent corroboration of some kind to at least hint at this?

    If 2 parties agree to approach a tribunal for dispute settlement, then they have to abide by whatever the tribunal says. just because one party doesn't like (and there will always be one party who doesn't like it) the tribunal's judgement, you can't refuse to abide by the verdict. If a party believes the verdict to be unfair, there should be some sound reasoning behind this belief. Reason and logic have never been a part of the dispute, and now DTE too seems to have abandoned these ideals.

    Have you looked at Mandya district's agriculture profile? Mandya btw is where these protests crop (pun intended) up regularly. Half the agricultural area in the district is under sugarcane and paddy. Mandya is famous for its arrack - a roaring business. Take a bus through Mandya and you will never forget the smell of arrack. See the connection between the crops, industry, water use and politics? A simple google search would have given you some data on crop patterns and acreage in both states. so it's really hilarious to see DTE mindlessly repeat the claims made about responsible water use.

    Another oddity in the article- if Tamil farmers make Rs 10K from paddy and Rs 20K from pulses, why are they growing so much paddy? Hardly think farmers are so stupid they don't see the difference in profits. Did you even ask anyone that? How about your agricultural scientist from Annamalai university?

    And if you are going to write about the Cauvery (a British spelling btw) dispute, I suggest you flip through S.Guhan's writings on the subject. You will be hard-pressed to find a more nuanced and sane analysis.

    And finally a small proofing error- it is Annamalai University not Annamalli as spelt in the 2nd page, towards the bottom of the 2nd column.

    Hope to see more incisive articles from you in the future.


    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • I didn't get the point on

    I didn't get the point on weedy rice and how come it comes only when it is directly sown. What prevents it not occurring in the transplanting method.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
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