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Mullaperiyar Dam

Updated on December 26, 2011

The Dam(n) Politics

Politics has always been a dirty game. Values always take a back seat in the light of positions, money, fame and what not.But politics also has been doing an even dirtier job of dividing people on the basis of their caste, locality, language to name a few. A few votes are gained, and posts, positions, secured for the immediate future...but what is lost is the sensitive fabric of nationalism which should bind India and Indians together in our struggle to achieve our nation's glory.

The latest dirt that the politicians are playing with is the Mullaperiyar Dam in Kerala. By any count, it could be said that a 116 year old dam has outlived its age and purpose and has to be replaced. But then its here that the dirt surfaces. All this while, people in politics saw this only as an opportunity to make some noise and earn their set of brownie points, with no serious attempt being made to find a solution. Mullaperiyar has long been yet another issue where the politicians would free wheel with blaming the opposite party and then giving promises for an immediate solution

It is no wonder that the people of Wandiperiyar and neighboring areas, who will be the worst effected if the dam collapses have now taken the task upon themselves to spread the awareness and also to make their voices heard.Over 35 lakh lives at stake, 3 major districts in Kerala expected to be washed away into the Arabian Sea, and still we don't seem to be pushing well enough for a timely solution to the problem.

Cheap politics for temporary gains, is still the order of the day, when bye elections are around the corner in Piravom, which is one of the constituencies close to the Dam. The stiff resistance of local people has suddenly woken up parties on both sides and now they seem to be competing in trying to win over the local support. If half the effort was spend, trying to impress upon the powers that be at the centre, and also the tamil nadu government, an amicable solution would have surfaced long back, and who knows the new dam would well have been in place or at least the work for the same would have started.

All is not just bad at this side of the Dam. Our friends in Tamil Nadu have been enjoying the benefits of the dam all of these last 116 years, now don't want to loose control of the Dam. They fear that once a new Dam is in place they will not have a say in how much water they can take from the same. Records available show that Kerala has been honoring their requirement for water all these year, except recently, when we reduced the height from 142 to 136 ft, for fear of safety of the Dam. A clear agreement between the 2 states on how much water is to be drawn and for how long could very well be the solution to any mistrust or anxiety on both sides, but since that is not being ventured into, one is forced to believe that the politics behind the Dam is even dirtier than one could comprehend....But then at stake is 35 lakh lives who are valuable only during the elections...


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  • rajan jolly profile image

    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

    Yes politics is a dirty game and it is on the people power that things can be improved. Thanks for sharing.

  • vasmenon profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from India

    Yes Athul,

    The abrupt manner in which the political agitations were stopped, makes you wonder what were the intentions of the agitation at that point of time...

  • athulnair profile image


    6 years ago from India

    There is no willpower with the politicians of Kerala, first of all they need money, nothing else they need. Else they would not have renewed the contract post independence to Tamil Nadu.

    And one more thing they stopped all the agitations once Sabarimala pilgrimage season got over. Where is our minister P. J. Joseph.

  • dinkan53 profile image


    6 years ago from India

    Why can't our politicians sit and discuss things out? You said the right thing 'Cheap politics for temporary gains' It's just shameful. Latest news what i heard is the repair work on Mullaperiyar dam resumes!

  • vasmenon profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from India

    Thank you premsingh, The idea of the poll did strike me after I published the article, but did not get around to putting it there...I think I will do it now...Thanks again for the tip

  • premsingh profile image


    6 years ago

    Social networking has really made it possible to understand the issues that were impossible to be understand by people in other states. Your article may help people of Tamilnadu and kerala understand the true intricacies of issue that will help finding a solution of the problem. well written article of really social importance.You may add a poll if required to solicit visitor's opinion on this issue.

  • vasmenon profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from India

    Hi lankaexotic, Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the issue. This is a major political issue in this part of the world.The irony is that political establishments on both sides are not keen to resolve the issue, because then they will suddenly loose an important political/ election issue with which they could brain wash people...I can give you enough and more case studies on dirty politics in India my friend....:) Thanks once again for your comments

  • lankaexotic profile image

    Mohan Dharmaratne 

    6 years ago from Sri Lanka

    Hello Vasmenon, Thanks for sharing a bit of the political environment from India.

    I'm Sri Lankan, and issues of this sort we don't have yet. But a few of our politicians are trying to change the system of the country towards something that will make way to problems like this in Sri Lanka in the future. Your article gives us insight to foresee the coming threat.

    Thank you neighbour!

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    Carolee Samuda 

    6 years ago from Jamaica

    Hello Vasmenon, welcome to HubPages.

    This kind of politics is everywhere. Most politicians only want to do something when there is an election pending then they forget the people. Thanks for sharing this bit of your country.

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    6 years ago from Virginia, United States

    ??????? ?????????!! The masses prove this over and over again.

    What is needed is an immediate short term plan to soothe emotions and tempers on all sides and a long term plan to fix the issue once and for all.

  • mljdgulley354 profile image


    6 years ago

    Politicians must go to school to learn how to use the people instead of serving the people. They seem to act the same way all around the world

  • vasmenon profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from India

    Trsmd, its true...the whole issue is actually a non issue. The dam is more than 150 years old, which makes the case for a new dam valid. But looking at the tamil nadu perspective, they are afraid that Kerala may not give them water once the new dam is in place...Only solution is a new dam with a new water sharing agreement. There seems to be more than what meets the common man's eyes, for the politicians to be playing around...

  • Trsmd profile image


    6 years ago from India

    Both state of Tamilnadu and Kerala people suffered, injured, lost their life because of this dam...


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