The appeals for peace come amidst fears of migrants in both the states.

Cauvery United Citizens in Ktaka TN condemn violence and division on social mediaFacebook/ nithyanand.jayaraman
news Cauvery Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 13:10

With the political relationship between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu over the Cauvery issue becoming more strained than usual, sporadic instances of violence have spilled onto the streets. There is palpable fear in Bengaluru and other parts of the state about the situation going out of hand.

Citizens, however, have taken the initiative to send out appeals for peace, entreating people not to indulge in rumour-mongering and hate-messaging. Posting their messages for peace under the hashtags #CauveryUnited, #HumanityAboveAll and #Bengalurubesafe, these pictures distance themselves from the violence and declare that these deeds are not to be done in their name. They also reiterate that there is no hatred between the common people of the two states.

Nityanand Jayaraman, an environmental activist, posted: "This is not about Tamils or Kannadigas but about idiots who love violence."

Chandra Mohan, an activist with Arappor, an organization that fights for social change, posted: “I’m from Tamil Nadu. I don’t hate Kannadiga’s. Most Tamil’s feel the same. Stop playing politics in our name.”

Here are some others who have expressed their desire for unity between the people of the two states on social media.


Some people have come forward to offer transport services to Kannadigas who are afraid of traveling in Chennai, as well as for groceries, medicines, transport and other emergency needs in Bengaluru, though it cannot be confirmed to what extent these offers have been followed up.

A number of social media users also reminded people that while the political relationship between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has often been fractious when it comes to the Cauvery dispute, ordinary people in both states have stood united in times of crisis. They referred to the example of last December, when trucks from Bengaluru went to Chennai with relief materials and volunteers to help out people during the disastrous Chennai floods.

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