ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Deep Waters

IT is hardly surprising that the issue of the sharing of the Cauvery waters between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka is headed for yet another impasse. For the compulsions which bring the Cauvery issue to centre-stage are prompted more by power politics than by considerations of long-term solutions which will ensure an equitable and reasonable distribution of natural resources. It is necessary then to keep the issue irresolute, so that it may be used as cannon fodder or carrot as the situation demands. This time on, the Cauvery dispute has been very much on the political agenda, as one of the many weak links which can be transformed into a potential threat to the formation at the centre. The national agenda skirted the particular issue of the Cauvery waters by promising to evolve a river waters policy which would help resolve or at least set guidelines for resolving inter-state water disputes. But the issue has been repeatedly brought up by one of the constituents of the ruling coalition, the AIADMK, The immediate demand from Jayalalitha is with regard to a central notification which needs to be issued on the water sharing arrangements as stipulated by the Supreme Court well over a year ago.

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