Depoliticising the Cauvery issue (Dec. 12) is easier said than done. What is required is a statesmanlike approach to end the impasse between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka with a spirit of pragmatism and sense of camaraderie. As things stand now, with meagre storage in reservoirs, the standoff is likely to persist until the rain gods mercifully smile over the catchment areas of both States.
One hopes that while formulating guidelines, the proposed Cauvery Management Board will adopt a universal approach. Water should be shared forgetting the political boundaries, assuming that Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are regions of a single State.
Even during a normal monsoon, Karnataka releases water to Tamil Nadu only after all its dams achieve surplus. Its politicians do not understand that foodgrains produced in a region outside their State also contribute to the national food stock. As for politicians from Tamil Nadu, all they have done is to indulge in rhetoric over the years and call for bandhs punishing daily wage-earners, traders and commuters. Pragmatism is the last word in the dictionary of politicians. It is the prompting of the Supreme Court that has given a ray of hope to the suffering delta farmers.