Sunday, September 11, 2016
On Friday, various cities in the Indian state of Karnataka observed Karnataka Bandh ((en))English language: Karnataka closed as the people opposed the Supreme Court's judgement on the Kaveri river dispute. Most shops were closed to support the strike.
The Indian Supreme Court judgement instructed Karnataka to release 15,000 cusecs (cubic feet per second) of water from the Kaveri river for ten days to Tamil Nadu. Both of the states demand shares of Kaveri water which goes back to the time when Britishers ruled India.
Due to the strikes, there were no means of public transportation. Even the Metro Service in Karnataka's capital Bengaluru didn't run. Private cabs also didn't provide service; airports were crowded as the passengers had no means of transportation.
Southern Railway officials reported no large-scale ticket cancellations for trains between Bangalore and Chennai. No trains on that route had to be rescheduled. But the bus services from Tamil Nadu's capital Chennai to Bangalore were stopped near the border for security reasons and tickets were refunded for the passengers who booked tickets for Bangalore. There were fewer passengers as well.
Television service providers in Karnataka blocked more than 50 Tamil channels for the day. Tamil movies were not released as well. Tamil movies from some theaters were removed a day before. Though no major violence was reported, movie posters of Mudinja Ivana Pudi were burnt. Friday movie releases were postponed.
Kannada actress Ragini Dwivedi uploaded a video on Twitter saying, "Kaveri is ours, we will not let it go. Why should we give water when we don't have any? Come out for the struggle, stand with the farmers. I am supporting the farmers, you too should." ((kn))Kannada language:
ಕಾವೇರಿ ನಮ್ದು ನಾವು ಕೊಡಲ ನಮಗೆ ನೀರ್ ಕುಡಿಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲ ಅಂದ್ರೆ ಔರಿಗೆ ಎನ್ನಿಕೆ ಕೊಡ್ಬೇಕು ಬನ್ನಿ ಆಚೆ ಬನ್ನಿ ಹೋರಾಟ ಮಾಡಿ ರೈತರ ಜೊತೆ ನಿಂತ್ ಕೋಳಿ ನಾನು ಇದೀನಿ ನೀವು ಬನ್ನಿInternal exams in The National Institute of Engineering, Mysore were rescheduled to Sunday. Medical shops and petrol pumps remained closed in Mysore. The shops finally opened at 6 PM IST. Private schools also remained closed for the day, but were expected to run full day on Saturdays this month.
== Sources ==
"Rail, air passengers suffer in Bengaluru" — The Hindu, September 10, 2016
TS Sudhir. "Cauvery dispute in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka: After Rajinikanth, actors still feel the heat" — Firstpost, September 9, 2016
"Kaveri Bandh on 9 Sept: Services Likely to be Hit in Karnataka" — thequint.com, September 8, 2016
Ragini Dwivedi. "Rragini Dwivedi on Twitter" — Twitter, September 7, 2016