Sun Network Double Game in Karnataka TamilNadu Kaveri Issue

As Karnataka logs out for a state-wide bandh over the Cauvery issue, the 52 Tamil satellite channels will be off air in Kannadiga land. Like it was in 2008, when cable TV operators pulled the plug on Tamil entertainment networks for days at end.
Tamil movies have already been removed from theatres in cities like Bengaluru and on Thursday, Tamil actor Vikram’s Iru Mugan did not release across the Cauvery. Films have always suffered collateral damage whenever Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have gone to war over Cauvery. Sun Network Double Game in Karnataka TamilNadu Kaveri Issue

The sharing of waters of the Kaveri river has been the source of a serious conflict between the Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The genesis of this conflict rests in two agreements in 1892 and 1924 between the erstwhile Madras Presidency and Princely State of Mysore. The 802 kilometres (498 mi) Kaveri river [1] has 44,000 km2 basin area in Tamil Nadu and 32,000 km2 basin area in Karnataka.

Karnataka contends that it does not receive its due share of water from the river. It claims that the agreements were skewed heavily in favour of the Madras Presidency, and has demanded a renegotiated settlement based on “equitable sharing of the waters”. Tamil Nadu, on the other hand, pleads that it has already developed almost 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km2) of land and as a result has come to depend very heavily on the existing pattern of usage. Any change in this pattern, it says, will adversely affect the livelihood of millions of farmers in the state. Sun Network Double Game in Karnataka TamilNadu Kaveri Issue

Decades of negotiations between the parties bore no fruit. The Government of India then constituted a tribunal in 1990 to look into the matter. After hearing arguments of all the parties involved for the next 16 years, the tribunal delivered its final verdict on 5 February 2007. In its verdict, the tribunal allocated 419 billion ft³ (12 km³) of water annually to Tamil Nadu and 270 billion ft³ (7.6 km³) to Karnataka; 30 billion ft³ (0.8 km³) of Kaveri river water to Kerala and 7 billion ft³ (0.2 km³) to Puducherry. The dispute however, appears not to have concluded, as all four states deciding to file review petitions seeking clarifications and possible renegotiation of the order. Sun Network Double Game in Karnataka TamilNadu Kaveri Issue