Water Riots In India


In “Two dead in water riots in India’s Silicon Valley,” on CNN, author Sugam Pokharel discusses the issues going on in India over the court ruling for water rights. During the month of September the monsoon weather begins to die down leaving India in a drought. Pokharel explains that farmers struggle during this time of year and rely on the Cauvery River for water. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled to reduce the amount of water being released by the state, Karnataka, to 12,000 cubic meters per second until September 30. Riots soon erupted because people were extremely upset about the ruling, they didn’t want their water being given to other states. The author then gives the background of how the dispute goes back two-hundred centuries within multiple settlements and has never been resolved. Officials were eventually called in after rioters vandalized and set fire to numerous shops, cars, buses, and trucks. Following this act in Bangalore, Karnataka, authorities set a curfew and do not allow large groups of people to gather in one area. As of now, there is a relative calmness spreading throughout Bangalore due to two men being killed during the riots. One of shot dead by police and the other died in the hospital after falling while running from police.


There are factions in countries around the globe that are using violence and destruction as a way to express their emotions for situations or actions they do not agree with. Many countries are experiencing this problem, India being one of them. A larger problem is the water shortage a significant amount of the world is facing. The people of Karnataka have a reason to be upset with their water being given to another state, though they should not be rioting over what the Supreme Court ruled. The court made the decision that would benefit a majority of people. When combining these two widely known issues together it creates the idea that other parts of the world can riot against their government too. This issue not only effects the people living in the city of Bangalore, but the neighboring cities and states. This article made me realize that retaliating against our government’s ideas does more harm than good. They have much more power than us. I want to know and understand why people take government issues to the extreme and not manage the situation in a much safer and efficient manner.





2 thoughts on “Water Riots In India

  1. Brianna,
    I am glad you wrote about the topic of retaliation against the government because it is a problem screaming in the face of the people sitting below official power.
    This situation reminds me of the “police brutality riots” after the shooting of a young African American by the name of Mike Brown. The people can be very irrational when in the face of a crisis, which may lead to riots, strikes, and even murder. I too question why people have to act violently against opposition. Our nation’s history has taught us that those who do not learn from the past violence, are destined to repeat it. This is the problem the world faces everyday. We blind ourselves to the ugly truth because we cannot bare to see a world that is falling apart in front of us. An eye for an eye will only make one blind.


  2. Brianna,
    Thank you for sharing this interesting information, I did not know these riots were happening. This event reminds me of the police brutality acts that happened not to long ago. A young African American was shot and the public answered in a chaotic way. Unfortunately these Indian and US riots lead to deaths but I agree on your opinion about citizens not rebelling against their supreme court, I don’t find any reason to go against officials with great amount of power. I believe a friendly protest would have been better than so much violence and chaos throughout the Valley. What confuses me of this topic is why people pursue a violent perspective. If people were opened minded to certain problems i don’t think there would be so much rebellion.


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