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IPS Officer (retd.)

Date & Time

Tuesday Tue, 26 Sep 2023


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

It is no secret that controversies around the river Cauvery have existed for centuries. The sharing of its waters between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu has resulted in claims and counter claims to the extent that we have forgotten the many wars that have been fought and the people responsible for the dispute.

1807 may be regarded as the genesis of the issue when Tanjavur objected to the restoration of tanks and river streams taken up by the erstwhile Mysore state in an effort to rejuvenate sources of irrigation for agriculture. Agreements and legal proceedings with a history of over a hundred years have kept the issues alive to this day.

This session will carry a presentation that is based on historical facts and documents which extend to larger and more important issues like the perennial problem of floods and drought. The solution lies in water management where we as a nation seem to have failed. The talk explores these crucial questions around the Cauvery dispute and water management. A Q&A with the audience will follow.


C Chandrashekar

IPS Officer (retd.)

C Chandrashekar grew up in rural Karnataka. A new world opened up to him when he joined the Regional College of Education, Mysore (1966-70) – a place that has played a pivotal role in his life. He did a BA Ed, learning under phenomenal minds like Rajeev Taranath, Vishwanathe Mirle, U R Anantha Murthy, Balagopal Varma and others. He then did an MA in English at Manasagangothri, before teaching English literature in Mysore University. He became a cop by accident in 1977; he served in the Karnataka police for 32 years and retired as IGP in 2009. His first book Kaveri Dispute: A Historical Perspective was released in February of 2023 by Mr. SM Krishna at Chitrakala Parishat.

He loves Hindustani classical music, especially soul-filling sarod of the Maihar Gharana. His travels across the globe have been a hugely enriching experience.