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May 22, 2015 | Ganga bazaar

I agree totally.
A river's life is in its natural flow.
1) Where are the waters coming from- how safe are the sources from damming/obstruction/ecological destruction.
2) What do they gather/what is dumped into them on the way to to sea?

-unless these two questions are answered in depth, we will never know the truth.
And the money will come, and go.

By Ramaswamy
May 21, 2015 | Dark twist to bright tale

Nice Article

By Harshit Patel
May 21, 2015 | Ganga bazaar

The article is another timely reminder of the status of Save Ganga mission.

If heaven and earth can be moved to build a Delhi metro that merely caters to the transport needs of urban Dehites, then I think the U.P. Govt. can certainly muster the will, authority and creativity to rehabilitate the openly and most shamelessly polluting textile and leather industries along the Ganga in a win-win manner.

Just like that apparently innocent but most sensible child of the "The Emperor's new clothes" story, every aam aadmi knows what needs to be done to save Ganga - ruthless obliteration of plastic & aluminium packaging materials from the ghats and the regions along it and replacing them with cloth bags(any enterprising donor or ideally the polluters themselves by way of expiation, can come forward to make a "daan" of free cloth bags to all the shopkeepers), substituting plastic tumblers in restaurants, eateries etc. used for serving water, coffee, tea etc. with areca leaf tumblers(these are sturdy and can withstand hot and cold temp. for 3-4 hours without leaking or imparting odour), building of bio-toilets etc.

Short of taking these basic measures, no amount of intellectual exercises like seminars, inviting this scholar and that scientist, roping in advanced technology solution providers is going to help and will prove to be useless! It is as simple as that.

It is perilously high time we decided - whether we want our Mother River Goddess alive OR raped in the name of providing employment to few unscrupulous polluters?

By C.V.Krishna Manoj

Dear Wally,

I am really grateful that you took the trouble to post your position on my article on how to plant trees and I appreciate what you are saying. But you must also understand that in India we have a really particular concern that needs to differentiate between natural forests which need to be protected and I agree with you on that position but we also need a much more concerted effort to plant trees because we have needs of livelihoods of poor people that need to be met. So I agree with your comments to some extent but I hope you will appreciate where I am coming from.

Once again thank you for taking the trouble to post your opinion and I look forward to staying in touch.

With my very best wishes,

Yours cordially,
Sunita Narain

May 20, 2015 | Ganga bazaar

The article specifies the technologies proposed by different countries and what already exist in India.

However, I was thinking about the ways in which people who are directly related to the river either through their hometowns or as tourists can help in cleaning the river.

It is the change in attitude that is required now (we have funds, as is mentioned in the article)

How can an individual be convinced not to throw his faecal/domestic/religious waste in the river in a long lasting manner?

kindly highlight this issue.

By Mani Agarwal

"elevation problem of water bed in Godavari River, which requires power to lift the water" . sir , will u please kindly explain this elevation problem and is this the another reason why telanganas agriculture distress , unable to utilise the waters of godavari ?

By shashank
May 20, 2015 | Ganga bazaar

Thank you for the valuable comments. This time we were trying to bring in an idea that there was no dearth of technologies available in India but past experiences showed that only technologies cannot clean the river.

We need a holistic plan. About the amount of water required for minimum flow and calculations we have our publication in place:

Please go through the following link:


Yes, we must act simultaneously for 'flowing tributaries of Ganga'. In river Chambal, which supports the 570-km long biodiversity-rich National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary, indications are very clear from studies on ecological associates of Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) that depleting water level and water flow in upper reaches of the river is changing the profile of faunal interrelationships. The gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica) and mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) have already shown the trend. The endangered gharial is at the receiving end. The future of Chambal detrmines flow and character of Yamuna and hence, at least in part, the profile of the Ganges.


Very well summed up; we have indeed succeeded in fully disconnecting the idea of forest conservation with that of Development. Apart from broken promises of sharing the booty first under Social Forestry and then under JFM, it is critical to understand why the forest departments are unable to form "partnerships" with people? The devil, as they say is in the details.

The 'face' of the forest departments that actually interacts with people on a regular basis and does most of the work is the forest guard. Above that everybody is a 'supervisor', all supervising what the forest guard does. It also happens that the forest guard who is at the bottom of the forest hierarchy, also belongs to the most neglected, mismanaged and ill trained cadre in the department. Recruitment of forest guards in all states is in huge arrears and is done sporadically, making it even more difficult to put guards through the little training that they get in a proper manner. When these guards are 'let loose' on the people they do not have the training and the skills to deal with villagers and forest dwellers. What compounds forest 'management' further is that there is no feedback system that tells decision makers (top down types) about what the people think. And the gap between job requirements and departmental capacity continues to grow, further threatening the future of forests and the hope of them actually benefiting the people within and outside the forests.

By Vinay Tandon

My sincere thanks to 'Down to Earth' for reminding us the great work of Dr. Ragini Prem who did great work at Banwasi Seva Ashram for the development of tribal people. I urge the editor to cover the 'role of Ashram in protecting the environment and people of Soanbhadra' and their present endevours in your other edition. This will certainly inspire 100 others.

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