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Lving status to Ganga, Yamuna

It has been about a week since New Zealand legislators passed a legislation that granted the Whanganui River the status of a “legal person”. The Whanganui, a river sacred to the native Maori tribe, was given “its own legal identity with all the corresponding rights, duties and liabilities of a legal person”. The move, a first in the world, was hailed by environmentalists and people from across the globe. Ganga and Yamuna: Living Entities Not [...]

Cleaning up Ganga

One of the major stated aims of Narendra Modi, in both his pre-poll campaign as well as after becoming the Prime Minister of India, has been to clean river Ganga. Regarded as the holiest river in India, it also happens to be the most polluted in the country and this makes the PM’s mission seem like a gargantuan task. The primary and perhaps the biggest problem that the environmental bodies, who are entrusted to clean [...]

Ganga Action Plan (GAP) Image - Mission to clean Ganga by Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to Varanasi and showed a hope to clean the holy River Ganga during his election campaign. Cleaning of Ganga has also been mentioned in the manifesto of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the cultural heritage sections. They made certain changes in the administration to perform the task. The Ganga Action Plan which was part of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has now been shifted under Water Resources [...]

October 31, 2013
Haridwar, Uttarakhand

Location: Uttarakhand “We never grow closer to God when we just live life. It takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness.” If there is one place on Earth that brings you closest to God, it is the holy land of Haridwar. It is said that in Haridwar you can find God everywhere: in the temples, on the streets, and even in the eyes of the lakhs of devotees. It is this presence of God that makes this [...]