: February appears to have a special relationship with the century-old Cauvery dispute.

The notification of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal’s final award in the Union government gazette on Tuesday took place six years after the Tribunal delivered the award on February 5, 2007. Both the 1892 and 1924 agreements, which the final award superseded, were signed between the erstwhile Madras and Mysore States on the same day - February 18. While the 1892 pact provided, in the words of Cauvery expert S. Guhan, a “framework between the two States for consultation and dispute settlement,” the 1924 pact, among others, stipulated that the arrangements envisaged in some of its clauses were open to reconsideration after 50 years.

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