Violence erupts in southern India over order to share water

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http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/13/world/asia/violence-erupts-in-southern-india-over-order-to-share-water.html?_r=1

Violent protests broke out in the southern state of Karnataka on Monday after the Indian Supreme Court ordered the state to release water to the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, the latest chapter in a longstanding dispute.

The authorities in the Karnataka city of Bangalore banned public gatherings and deployed riot police officers as protesters set fire to vehicles and pelted buildings and cars with stones. The police fired on protesters who were setting fire to police vehicles in Bangalore, killing one and injuring two others, said Madhukar Narote, an assistant subinspector for the state police.

Protests raged elsewhere in the state as well. Several trucks that were burned had Tamil Nadu license plates, said Chandrashekhar, a deputy commissioner of police in Bangalore who goes by one name.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Karnataka would have to release 12,000 cubic feet of water, or almost 90,000 gallons, per second to Tamil Nadu every day until Sept. 20 from the Cauvery River, which originates in Karnataka and flows downstream to Tamil Nadu. It is the main source of water for the states’ thirsty rice crops, particularly in the event of a weak monsoon like this year’s in the southwest.

“Our only appeal is if you are protesting, please protest peacefully,” the Karnataka home minister, G. Parameshwara, said at a news conference on Monday. “We know injustice has been done to Karnataka,” he added, citing the Supreme Court order.

Water disputes over rivers are common in India, where droughts and weak monsoons weigh heavily on the majority of the country that still lives off agriculture. Experts say that the lack of a centralized plan for allocating scarce water resources contributes to the problem.

“Are we going to treat this by addressing scarcity? Probably not,” said Nilanjan Ghosh, a senior fellow at the Observer Research Foundationhere and an economist working on water issues. He said that in drier years it was important for the authorities to encourage farmers in the region to raise less water-intensive crops.

The Supreme Court had ordered Karnataka last week to release 15,000 cubic feet per second of water to its neighbor for 10 days, beginning on Sept. 5. A lawyer for the state said that it did not have enough to release that much, and cited tensions over the decision. The new order, while cutting the amount released, extended the period by five days.

In ordering the release on Monday, the Supreme Court essentially accepted Tamil Nadu’s claim that Karnataka had diverted 50 billion cubic feet of water that it was required to provide to Tamil Nadu under terms of a 2007 agreement. Karnataka had argued that it simply lacked adequate water reserves, so that a release of that magnitude endangered its residents’ well-being.

The water dispute has provoked ethnic resentments on each side of the border. On Saturday, a Tamil student in Bangalore was publicly beaten, according to local news reports. The attackers took a video of the beating and posted it online, prompting the police in Bangalore to open a case on Monday. That day, protesters in Tamil Nadu attacked a hotel owned by a Karnataka native, The Press Trust of India reported.

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water angst is here..

“The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Karnataka would have to release 12,000 cubic feet of water, or almost 90,000 gallons, per second to Tamil Nadu every day until Sept. 20 from the Cauvery River, which originates in Karnataka and flows downstream to Tamil Nadu. It is the main source of water for the states’ thirsty rice crops, particularly in the event of a weak monsoon like this year’s in the southwest.”

water and food..when these go missing the slaves get restless..

“The authorities in the Karnataka city of Bangalore banned public gatherings and deployed riot police officers as protesters set fire to vehicles and pelted buildings and cars with stones. The police fired on protesters who were setting fire to police vehicles in Bangalore, killing one and injuring two others, said Madhukar Narote, an assistant subinspector for the state police.”

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~ by seeker401 on September 15, 2016.

8 Responses to “Violence erupts in southern India over order to share water”

  1. “… the country that still lives off agriculture….”

    lol

    • better start digging for special rocks i reckon..

    • They could take a page from the Saudi playbook, and start creating a massive water filtering project, taking all they want from the sea. Combine this with water reclamation projects such as huge man-made aquifers to reclaim the water that’s used in agriculture, and there’s no reason India shouldn’t be able to plow the deserts. If you do not have enough water on a planet that’s mostly covered in the stuff, then it’s your own fault.
      And any country that can afford a space program can afford public works projects such as this. It’s all a matter of allocating funds to where you need them instead of where you want them.

    • my point is simply that *everyone* lives off of agriculture, whether they know it or not.

  2. “water and food..when these go missing the slaves get restless..”
    Had to smile at the absolute truth in this.
    People will bear almost any hardship or degradation, but when they get hungry…that’s when they’ll kill you.

    • Yep.

    • remember when they privatized the water in bolivia?

      the private company decided there’d be no water for people who could not afford it.

      so the poor people just sat there and died of thirst…..ooops, no, i mean they fucking rioted until the water was un-privatized.

  3. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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