The Mahadayi River Dispute Explained Through Chocolate


The Mahadayi River Dispute Explained Through Chocolate

Illustration: Sushant Ahire


hile the rest of the country and its prime-time news channels have been busy arguing over a movie about a person that may or may not have existed 600 years ago, there is a massive protest unfolding over a real issue in the real state of Karnataka. It has gotten as little attention as other minor events do, like the Union Budget or yearly floods in Assam. Sorry Karnataka, maybe now you’ll know what it feels like to be the North East of India.

There’s a state-wide bandh in Karnataka today protesting the Centre’s “apathy” toward the ongoing Mahadayi River dispute with Goa. The dispute began in the ’80s, and thanks to India’s swift judicial process, we’re still at it after 30 odd years. If this is the first time you’ve heard about it, you’re not alone.