Mullaperiyar And The Way We Have Messed Up The Issue So Far

Mullaperiyar Dam

Mullaperiyar Dam - You'll See Something Like This Everyday For The Next Few Months Till The Issue is Dropped

Motive, motive, motive.

It’s all about motive.

Kerala has a single motive – somehow, decommission the dam. It’s pretty simple and obvious because:

1. the revenue generated by the dam is far less than what could actually be the case had there been no lease between TN and Kerala before.
2. the proposed new dam would be built by Kerala (obviously) and would be under their control.

TN has a single motive too – somehow, never let the above things happen.

That again is simple. TN is already running short of electricity, and the electricity from the dam is under TN’s control.

But you know what? We’ll f*ck up this whole game. We’re already doing that, but here’s how comprehensively we’ll mess up with the whole issue!

 

The “Tamilan” Sentiment

One of my facebook friends started posting very passionately about the developments in the area. Some 50,000 Tamilians agitated and that was a proud moment in history! If history has been read right, you’d probably know that agitations of that sort have a strange habit of turning into riots. And there’s no stopping Keralites if they agitated for the same issue too. Kootti kalichi paathaa kanakku seriya varaadhu, mothama poidum!

Shouting slogans at the border is not going to drive a point. It wont even drive a whiff of air at the Kerala Govt! That’s several hundred kilometers away in “Thiruvenendhapurem!!”

 

The Keralite Conundrum

Having a motive is not wrong. But having an ulterior motive, and coating it with some botched up, semi-baseless ideology and points at the Supreme Court is. That’s precisely what Kerala Govt is doing.

Yes, if the dam leaks, if there’s going to be more water flow, if there’s going to be flooding, all those resorts and occupants are going to drown! But where did they come from? Those are typical encroachments – and have been proved to be so, havent they?

The motive of the Kerala Govt looks as simple as it can look. It’s a question of need versus greed. Yes, it’s quite natural for a govt to think that it’s getting underpaid for a lot of water and electricity but trying to decommission a perfectly safe dam for that – citing reasons that even the Supreme Court laughed at – is definitely not helping anyone.

 

The DMK Dandanakka

I am no Amma fan, nor a supporter. But the first warning she sent regarding the issue – that of asking politicians not to make hasty statements or hate-speeches – is a very serious thing. But who cares, eh!!? Of all the people, you’d not expect the DMK not to do something silly right now. It will. It did.

Oh, if it wasn’t the DMK, it would be some other opposition! The standard rule here is not to think about the overall welfare of the state. It’s about the overall state of the welfare of the party – and anything that could help raise the popularity of the party, or tar the face of the opposite party would be immediately done.

A day-long fast? Okay, then? Condemn the Center? Fine, then?? *yawn* We already saw some of that fasting joke last time with the SriLankan issue, didnt we?

 

Center Wont Say Anything, Buddy!

One good thing that the TN Chief Minister does is never care for the Center to act. Center’s already in deep mess and trouble for now with all the allegations and Anna Hazare missiles pointed at it. It’s probably still reeling under the blow that it got – from various quarters. (and some slaps too!)

(Note to Sibal – was that free-speech or was it censor-able content?!!)

Center’s momentary (or eternal, as may be the case) silence on the issue could only mean two things:

– It doesnt want to end up in this tangle which looks eternal for now.
– Probably it knows the Congress Kerala Govt’s demands and points aint that right at all, and so, wouldnt stand the test of time in the court of law.

 

Supreme Court – The Final Answer

You see, people, politicians, governments and other institutions are passionately run.

People will agitate, shout slogans, throw stones – and who knows? they might even stand as a group on the dam and weaken it really!

Politicians will do anything from a faked fast to randomly generating emotional speeches (in the presence of a microphone and a few dozen people) – and ruin the already deteriorating state of Kerala-TN relations.

Governments will have to official release statements – and file their complaints – in order to keep up the good faith of the people – and also to make sure things happen the way the governments want them to happen.

Each one of these is biased – even though a Keralite would say his point is right and a Tamilian would do the same for his own point!

Let the issue take its full-shape in the Supreme Court. If Kerala over-rides the ruling of the SC, then wouldnt that tilt the case in TN’s favor? The issue is not between people. If people took to the streets or took to arms, there’s no end to the issue. It’s between motives of two states. One feels it’s underpaid, and the other says it’s all right because it’s according to the lease. Let the SC decide whose motive shall sustain.

And to reporters – Stop standing at that Kerala-TN border and reporting as if you’re reporting live from Indo-Pak border during the Kargil War, for our sakes, damn it!

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Kindly Stop F****** With Kashmir!!

I’d love to say all these things somewhere out there. I’d love even more for all these things to be heard by the political bosses of both the countries. Yeah, may be none of that would happen – but let’s go ahead anyway. Here’s what I have always wanted to say:

 

 

Yes, everything about Kashmir started out wrong.

Yeah, it was not “democratic” when the bloody king gave away the kingdom to India, but the people (Muslim majority, quite obviously) wanted to align with Pakistan.

Yes indeed, India was as greedy as Pakistan – because both were economies with an empty purse and needed fast buck to race to the top.

Yes, Kashmir was a geographically strategic stronghold and a symbol of power to whoever held it.

Yeah, every f****** thing was so totally wrong.

But that doesnt mean they should stay wrong to this day! That doesnt mean people of a generation that wasnt even born when the partition or the accession happened should suffer. That definitely doesnt mean schools should be closed often, development works should be left half-way, curfew should be imposed every single week, and a couple of bodies should fall for raising a voice too loud, an arm too high!

Both you <expletives> of the Governments of Pakistan and India are the sickest of the sadists I would ever get to see, when it comes to resolving Kashmir. Dont you ever see what is truly at stake?

It’s not the buck that comes from the tourism industry. It’s not the natural reserve that almost seems eternal and unending. It’s not even the bloody strategic position and military advantage with all those passes and valleys and peaks!

It’s about human lives.

It’s about human emotions.

It’s about people of Kashmir – yeah, people with arms, legs, brains, work and eagerness to live a happy, peaceful and certain – and f****** stable – life.

All I ask – as a human, not as an Indian or a Pakistani or any bloody citizen – is for the governments to stop pursuing the financial, political, strategic, military and every other stupid policy of yours.

No, Indians wont give away Kashmir to Pakistan and bloody no, Pakistan wont let go of the struggle to claim Kashmir. Oh you sick dumbos! You sit in A/C offices and large hotel rooms and put your points in paper. You sit on camp-beds and make decisions on where to attack, where to control, where to drop the grenade. Have you ever thought what that beautiful little girl wants?

She wants to go to school everyday, play in the evening with her friends, sleep peacefully to get up early tomorrow – sans the boots with guns roaming around, sans the consistent wailing of sirens, sans the sounds of occasional gunfire, sans the deserted, empty, frightening, stone-ridden streets.

Thousand years from now, you are not going down the history books for keeping Kashmir with you. And thousands years from now, you are not going down the history books for fighting to claim Kashmir. If at all someone decides to spread the word, both of you will go down the history books as the most inhuman, politically motivated and sick-minded guys who never got to see the other side of Kashmir – the one that is made up by normal people dying every single day to LIVE happily.