Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 1 Page No.: 174-180 July-September, 2012

 

STUDY ON THE NEWSPAPER EDITORIAL RESPONSE ON THE INTERIM AND FINAL ORDERS OF THE CAUVERY WATER DISPUTE TRIBUNAL OF INDIA

 

Velayutham C.* and Aram I. Arul

Department of Media Sciences, College of Engineering Guindy Campus Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, (INDIA)

 

Received on : May 05,2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

The Cauvery river water dispute is long pending, unresolved water-sharing conflict among the upper and lower riparian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the Union territory of Puducherry, India. The Cauvery water disputes tribunal gave an interim order in 1991 this outraged people in Karnataka which was followed by retaliation in the lower riparian states. The tribunal presented the final verdict on February 5 2007. The study aims to trace the newspaper editorial response and viewpoints on this tribunal orders. The newspaper editorialís responses show drastic differences in viewing the tribunal orders. During the Interim order of 1991, majority of the editorials concentrated more on blaming and accusing the verdict. The lead (first paragraph of the editorial) and the headlines (title of the editorial) were inciting, filled with only opinion, ignoring the facts completely and the editorials of the language newspapers (both Tamil and Kannada) merely justified their own states views, based on regional pride ignoring the views of the other side. During the interim order, there were many protests and violence in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. But the changes in newspaper approach were obvious during the final verdict of 2007. Newspaper editorials were non-partisan, written maturely without hurting the sentiments of the people of the state concerned. Importantly, alternative solutions for this dispute were suggested by the media through the editorials. The editorial response during the final verdict clearly states that the only solution for this dispute is non-judicial and non-political.

 

Keywords : Cauvery river, Riparian, Tribunal order, Editorials, Lead, Headline

 

 

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