Can we do nothing about the Cauvery row?

Can we do nothing about the Cauvery row?

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-09-13 20:08 Every time Tamil Nadu demands its share of water from river Cauvery, Karnataka is always at the receiving end. It appears that the pleas of state farmers are always unheard. Despite the injustice, we have not been able to do anything to put forth our view.This time, many feel that state's counsel and senior advocate Fali S Nariman failed to convince the Supreme Court about the crisis that the state has been facing. This perhaps proved advantageous for Tamil Nadu advocates who argued to have their judgment in their favour. It must be noted that judge Lalit Mohan was Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s lawyer for many years before becoming the SC judge. There was no way the state would have got justice with Mohan as judge. So did our advocates not ask for a change of judge, knowing his previous stint? Senior advocate CS Dwarakanath too felt the same and wondered why Nariman did not ask for a change of judge.While the legal luminaries failed the people, politicians were busy indulging in mudslinging. When we had to stay united, our politicians were busy criticising the government. In contrast, people’s representatives in Tamil Nadu came together – irrespective of parties – during the Cauvery row. It’s time our leaders came together for the sake of people.Whatever maybe the reason, it’s high time political parties stay together, which is not happening now. Parties should send a strong message through unity to Tamil Nadu and make the nation understand problems of the state.Ex-PM HD Deve Gowda recently in a press meet expressed his unhappiness about the lack of unity of Kannadigas. When the issue of Cauvery arises, parties in Tamil Nadu stand together, he said.Deve Gowda spoke sensibly. There is a point in whatever he spoke.But regarding Cauvery issue what is the stand of the JD(S)? Should we release water or not? Well, there is confusion. Ex-CM HD Kumaraswamy says water should not be released but at the same time he is with the CM on the issue.On the other hand, Deve Gowda says that there is no other option other than follow the SC order.To dispel this confusion, the JD(S) has to stick to one position.BJP MPs and ministers do not say much. Maybe they are not in a position to put pressure on Prime Minister Modi, who himself says the problem should be solved within legal framework. Sadananda Gowda says Nariman is good, while Yeddyurappa says the state government failed to put forward a convincing argument in court.And where are the Union ministers? Mallikarjun Kharge urges prime minister to intervene but Yeddyurappa has another opinion on that.As Deve Gowda said, parties should stop politicising Cauvery. This is not a time to protest against the state government; rather it is time to unite on Cauvery.Author:Jyothi Irvathur, senior journalist working with Praja TV.