Why water war has broken out in India’s Silicon Valley

by T.S. Sudhir

A dam along the Cauvery river. Photo: Thangaraj Kumaravel
A dam along the Cauvery river. When drought occurs there is not enough river water for all who use it, leading to disputes.  This picture of the Grand Anaicut dam in Tamil Nadu state was taken in 2012, when water levels were higher.  Photo:   © Thangaraj Kumaravel

Violence has broken out in India’s technology hub Bangalore in Karnataka state over a long-running dispute about water. Protesters are angry at a Supreme Court ruling ordering Karnataka to share water from the Cauvery river with neighboring Tamil Nadu.