Water Wars: Two Indian States Are Fighting for This River’s Water

Hogenakkal Falls, on the Kaveri River. Image: wikimedia.org/PD
Hogenakkal Falls, on the Kaveri River. Image: wikimedia.org/PD
As the world gets hotter, we’ve been warned that the next wars will be over water. In India, that future is here, and the latest proof is a battle between two neighboring states fighting over the river that runs through them.

By Chhavi Sachdev | MOTHERBOARD

In the latest chapter of a century-old water war in southern India, riots rocked Bangalore, the techie capital city of Karnataka state, in September. Buses were set ablaze, and a man was killed by police trying to control the crowds. Protestors opposed a Supreme Court order for the state to release about 120,000 cusecs, or cubic feet per second of water, from the Cauvery river to Tamil Nadu, the state downstream, over 10 days.

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