Tit-for-Tat Violence in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu

The Judiciary Commands No Respect in India

The tit-for-tat violence the last few days in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the sharing of Cauvery waters appears to demonstrate that Indians cannot think beyond parochialism, regional one-upmanship and self-centricity.

The violence in Bengaluru, a city I hold dear, has brought the nation’s IT capital to a halt with widespread violence. It is a grim reminder of the sons-of-the-soil riots the city had witnessed in the 70s.

The insularity of some prominent people is coming out in the open in both the States. I don’t blame them as this is an emotive issue and they are simply going with the flow.

TN has “enough water”, court order “disappointing”

Mohandas Pai, a political commentator and former CFO of Infosys, says the violence is more in Karnataka because Tamil Nadu is the beneficiary of the recent Supreme Court verdict on water sharing. He goes on to say that Tamil Nadu has enough water, asserting the court order was wrong.

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Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairperson of Biocon, says “the court order is very disappointing. But violence in Karnataka benefits Tamil Nadu.” It gives rise to the inference that if Karnataka stood to gain from the violence, she would give it the thumbs up.

But she did come up with an interesting Tweet that Bengaluru’s name should be changed to “Bandhaluru” (referring to the frequent strikes/shutdowns in the city). Not surprisingly, she came up for intense criticism for the Tweet, so much so she had to defend herself vehemently. “I am a proud Kannadiga,” she proclaimed.

I am not going to discuss the merits of the case. But it does appear to me the judiciary enjoys no respect among the people and leaders in democratic India.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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