All must abide by court order on Cauvery dispute: Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Saturday said that as law-abiding citizens, it was necessary for all stakeholders to adhere to the directions of the Supreme Court in the Cauvery river water dispute.
Speaking at the launch of the book River Cauvery The Most Revered Yet The Most Battled (r)ed at a function organised by Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association, he said after a long and tortuous path traversed, “today we are at the stage of hand-holding and seeing through to success the mechanism for ensuring proper implementation of judicial directions.”
Only the smooth operation of the mechanism would ensure appropriate distribution of waters among the three States and the union territory in a lawful and orderly manner, he added.
Mr. Purohit said the documented link between the Cauvery and Tamil Nadu was more than 2,000 years old and that ancient Tamil literature had vivid descriptions of the Cauvery and her bounty. It is counted among the sacred rivers of India as many temples were located on its banks.
Former Member of Parliament L. Ganesan said the book extensively covered every aspect of the river, including its literary, cultural and utilitarian aspects and the proceedings of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal and the Supreme Court.
Author Ka. Vi. Kannan said that as a farmer from the Delta region, he wrote the book due to the pain and suffering since the 1970s because of the dispute in sharing of the river waters. “There used to be a time when farmers used to harvest three crops in a year but now we manage just one crop,” he said.
The 160-page book is published by Valentina Publication and is priced at ₹200 each.
The younger pontif of the Dharmapura Aadheenam, Masilamani Desika Gnanasambandha Swamigal, and general secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cauvery Delta Farmers Welfare Association S. Ranganathan spoke.