Amid the violence in Karnataka over the Cauvery dispute, popular Tamil radio personality RJ Balaji took to social media to exhort people to remember that we are 'all human first'.
On Sunday, 11 September, RJ Balaji posted a message to his Facebook page which asked the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to "remain sensible and refrain from posting things that spread hatred and violence". He also cautioned that "the Kaveri (sic) issue has to be resolved at an administrative level and not by indulging in physical and verbal violence".
While the post went viral over Sunday and Monday, RJ Balaji posted a more extensive message on his timeline on Tuesday, 13 September. This time, she shared a video that he captioned: "More than being a Tamilzhan or Kannadiga, let's be human first!"
"Let's be sensible, sensitive Indians, human beings," Balaji said, reported The Times of India, asking his followers "not (to) lose our sensitivity, and react foolishly to the trouble that someone random person stirs up on the street".
Balaji also reminded his followers of how people from the state of Karnataka had stepped forward to help Tamilians during the Chennai floods.
The situation in Karnataka has been tense since the Supreme Court ordered the state to release 12,000 Cusecs of water from the River Cauvery to neighbouring Tamil Nadu.
RJ Balaji received CNN-News18's Indian of the Year award in 2015.