Massive protests in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru and Mysore, erupted over the Cauvery issue between the state and Tamil Nadu. Recently a modified Supreme Court order directed Karnataka to release more water to the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu. The SC on September 5, had ordered the state to release 15,000 cusecs of Cauvery water for the next 10 days to cater to the needs of the Samba crop in Tamil Nadu. That amount of water is around double the amount Karnataka is sharing with Tamil Nadu. This violence has brought into question the imminent dangers of water and disputes related to that. Protesters in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have taken to the streets against the apex court order. Water wars are the next face of world wars. India needs to harness water from its rivers through dams in a bigger way. 80% is lost to the sea.
Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw took to Twitter and wrote, “We need to fight the case in a more aggressive way as violence in Karnataka will not help to solve the issue.” She also wrote that she was disappointed with the court order and that the violence will only benefit Tamil Nadu. She tweeted, “We need to fight the case in a more aggressive way as violence in Karnataka will not help to solve the issue.” She added that “Rivers need to be harnessed. Look at China – they he built a huge no of dams along their rivers.”
T. V. Mohandas Pai, the former member of the board of directors of Infosys also lashed out at the and said, “The breaking of vehicles is not an acceptable action.” Pai added, “The government should take strict action against people responsible for the violence. Asking the central government to intervene in the issue, actress Ramya said, “Supreme Court order is disheartening- The Centre @PMOIndia must intervene, get the states together for a dialogue.” Even she tweeted that she was against the violence. She wrote, “Violence is not the solution to the problem. Violence begets violence.”
Shaw recently had received a lot of flak when she tweeted “Another Bandh – it’s now Bandhaluru where bandhs r affecting productivity – what a sad situation where farmers on both sides can’t share.” She had written an open letter in response.