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Wednesday, February 14, 2007



Nearly 5,000 members of the Kannada film industry hit the
streets on Tuesday to express their disapproval, using their screen charisma to
make people empathise with the condition of farmers in the Cauvery

Kannada film industry la 5,000 peru irukkaingala?? Hmm...

“But everything is unfair right now and you cannot expect anything
to be fair in this situation,” said actor Ravichandran.

What the hell does that mean?


  • he is hinting at the ruling coalition in center is influenced by DMK and therefore the verdict of the tribunal is slanted in favour of TN as a result. Little does he know that Thamizh politicians(like PVN) are least likely to interfere in local affairs itself!!! This is a grouse that has been there with Kannada politicians for a long time as they feel that tribunal formation itself is due to the pressure applied on V.P.Singh by Kalignar 17 years ago. Girish nikam has been writing series of essays on Cauvery in Vijay Times, clearly highlighting the rights of all the involved states and the root cause of this issue. In the latest he points out that TN has a right to fair share, due to its historical advantage - Long term vision showed by the Sozha mannargal of ponniyin selvan times to build ayacuts, bunds and irrigation canals all over the delta area to maximise the use of the river water for irrigational purposes. At that time, rulers of Karnataka didn't think too much and were late on capitalizing on cauvery. In fact the first dam built on Cauvery was only during 1930s and hence the reason why lesser acerage is under irrigation in Karnataka. Now with more areas of Mandya and Mysore under irrigation, more need for water and hence the issue. Therefore there is no basis for thamizh magazines calling ppl in Karnataka as "Veriyargal" and by the same token Kannadigas protesting cannot call the farmers fighting for water in the delta region as "bullyish". They should respect history and we (delta farmers) should understand current scenario before getting too touchy about it. However the problem is that facts have been hidden from public and there is no culture of political debate in India. As a result the common man is moved by rhetoric and emotional pleas than by facts. Thus there is this Kaveri problem hijacked by politicians and film stars while this should be actually a bi partisan river water sharing agreement between farmers of both the states.
    What this Ravichandran says doesnt have any face value as he is someone ripping off one thamizh film after another in Kannada. Someone like Girish Karnad is facing the ire of all political groups and wannabe politicians for simply stating the fact that this verdict by the tribunal has many benefits for the state and possibly the best deal the state can get. This is indeed the first tribunal verdict that is less favourable to the lower riparian state(TN). However facts don't make for good politics in India - Frenzy does.

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Wed Feb 14, 12:48:00 PM  

  • Jaiganesh,
    Thanks for the info. Pl give a link or two if you have them...

    This post is not about the merit of the verdit. Its just that the Lollu Sabha group (Kannada film industry) and their stunts are really funny when they happen.

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Feb 14, 01:18:00 PM  

  • enna thaleeva... comment moderation ellam? yaaradhu prechana panradhu.. sollunga, thattidalam. ;)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 14, 02:22:00 PM  

  • Visi,
    indha anonymorons tholla thaanga mudiyala...
    Narayana! andha kosu marundha adida...

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Wed Feb 14, 02:30:00 PM  

  • Nice post Jaiganesh. But I have also heard the story the other way round post independence. i.e after '47 Karnataka invested a lot in irrigation from KavEri, (while TN was not as active) which is why Karnatake is reluctant to give up the advantage they have built on.

    //he is hinting at the ruling coalition in center is influenced by DMK//
    On the face of it, his grounds for suspicion are reasonable. 13 TN miniters (a record) versus Karnataka's only minister. aanaalum idhu romba over.

    btw only JJ seems to be talking about the fact that, this is actually lower the interim award !

    //This post is not about the merit of the verdit. Its just that the Lollu Sabha group (Kannada film industry) and their stunts are really funny when they happen//

    Gaptun thalamaiyile namma aalunga, mixture murukku saaptukittu bus-le, neyvEli pOyi, fuse pidunga pOrOmnu boochANdi kAttalayA. adhu maadhiri dhAn.

    By Anonymous msp, at Thu Feb 15, 12:14:00 AM  

  • Bala,
    I understand that your post is not about the verdict! Just wanted to clarify Karnataka cauvery dynamics that results in such pop shows on the street! Just now read that Ambareesh, film star politician and union minister from Mandya has resigned from the council of ministers, a crazy precedent set by Vazhappadi ramamurthy, continues.. I will try to get some links on Girish nikam posts on cauvery.
    Last digression from the original post...
    MSP, 1947 Mysore asserted that the 1894 and 1924 agreements were coerced by the British using power and therefore null and void after independence. However the 1924 agreement had a 50 year life, so after 1974, Karnataka expanded its irrigation and cultivation. So the recent avatar of Cauvery problem has been around from 1974. There was a brief period of quiet when MGR and Hegde were CMs of TN and Karnataka respectively. However post 1990 the thamasha has picked up speed and drawn in all clowns like cine actors and actresses into it.

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Thu Feb 15, 11:52:00 AM  

  • Find the URL for Girish nikam's articles.

    By Blogger V.P.Jaiganesh, at Thu Feb 15, 11:59:00 AM  

  • A_A,
    Your id's seens to be changinf a lot at the 'Hub'.What's the latest-thinkfloyd?

    On Cauvery,the series on the 'Vijay Times'seems to be the most balanced&informative.

    My personal opinion is that the issue has been highly politicised&with TN always having a co-operative govt at the centre,a feeling of bias is bound to come in.

    Someone should go through the entire verdict&tell the world the exact basis on which the tribunal arrived at their conclusion.That will tell everyone if the verdict has been fair or not.

    BTW,i think the Karnataka govt has handled things excellently-No provocative statements,got the opposition also on it's side,no violence.Of course things they have not done anything about banning of Tamil channels/films but in this highly charged atmosphere,intervention could have been disastrous.It's better to allow things to cool off.

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Sat Feb 17, 10:53:00 AM  

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