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Whose Cauvery is it?

Perspectives and reports on the Cauvery water sharing issue between the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Sep 2016



The Cauvery water sharing tussle has expectedly sharpened over the decades.  The first 'agreements' between the then Madras presidency and the princely state of Mysore date back to 1892.  The often acrimonious conflict between the two key states involved, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, is indicative of what the future holds in terms of battles over natural resources in the region and across the world with human pressure on resources constantly rising. 


Any solution perhaps lies only in drastically reducing consumption and dependence on this, and other, river basins even while ensuring non-disturbance, regeneration and exemplary protection of the entire river catchment ecosystem.  Policy makers in both states however, driven by conventional 'development' thinking, continue to announce schemes and projects that move in the opposite direction - peddling irrigation and piped water projects that increase dependence on a centralized water grid and a deeply distressed river system.