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Cauvery conflict

Print edition : October 14, 2016

Members of the Desiya Thennindia Nadigal Inaippu Vivasayigal Sangam staging a demonstration on the Cauvery river in Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu, on September 22 against Karnataka's refusal to release water.

Farmers in Srirangapatna in Mandya, Karnataka, demonstrating on September 7 against releasing water to the lower riparian State. Photo: M. SRINATH

September 7, Thanjavur: Delta farmers preparing to plant seedlings in expectation of the release of water following the Supreme Court order. Photo: R. SENTHIL KUMAR/ PTI

Farmers in Tiruchi, Tamil Nadu, staging a novel protest on September 9 demanding supply of Cauvery water for irrigation. Photo: A. MURALITHARAN

The reappearance of the crisis shows that only equitable sharing of the river’s waters combined with scientific water conservation and management measures and time-tested farmer-to-farmer initiatives can be the solution to the dispute.
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