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A Call to Save Ganga

Citizens For Green Doon organize an evening dedicated to the river.

Dr Nitin Pandey

07-Jan-2010

On Sunday Citizens For Green Doon organized “An Evening Dedicated to Ganga” to highlight the threats faced by the river. The group used drama, songs, poems and talks to highlight the issue. CFGD’s own theater group “Green Voices” did its first show on the occasion. Renowned Garhwali Singer, Mrs. Basanti Bisht, launched the theater group by breaking a coconut. “When we were young we were taught by our elders to respect the river” said Basanti. “Now that respect is not there. Construction of these dams is heaping untold miseries on the people and is playing havoc with their socio-cultural environment” she added. She then sang a song praising Ganga.

Ruk Jaao play by Green Voices
Ruk Jaao play by Green Voices


“Ganga is a living symbol of our Nation & of our Culture” said Dr. Nitin Pandey “and it is under threat; the Gangotri Glacier is fast shrinking and human interference in increasing, both have cast a shadow on the river. To make people aware of the plight of Ganga we have organized this event. If we do not act now the very existence of the river would be in danger and soon ‘taking a dip in Ganga’ would only be a proverb, as there would be no Ganga.”

“Ruk Jaao” a play, written and directed by famous theater personality, Alok Ulfat, was staged by ‘Green Voices’. It depicted the plight of people whose village is to be inundated by swirling waters of a dam and the conflict between ‘development’ on one hand and environment & culture on the other. “We don’t believe in burning effigies” said Alok, “we seek to bring change using creative activism”. That the play achieved its goals was evidenced by the tears in the eyes of a large part of the audience. “I never knew making of dams leads to such human misery” said a tearful Swaraj Mehta, “until now, I had only associated dams with electricity”. The play was performed by Neelam Baukhandi, Archit Bhatt, Ira Chauhan, Jatin Negi, Shridhar Sharma, Naina Sharma, Paridhi Baolin, Sagar Walia, Yamini Negi, Surbhi Kumari, Subham Semwal, Rohit Latiyan, Surbhi Sain Jain, Deepak Dhiman, Sagar Walia& Saurabh Sain.

Vimal Bhai, President of Matu People’s Organization, explained to the audience the sheer magnitude of the problem and how each and every rivulet in the State was being “damned”. He called upon the people to wake up and speak out. Hemant Dhyani, from Srinagar based Ganga Ahvaan, said that politicians these days are trying to portray Ganga as a mere source of electricity, while in reality it a source of strength, spirituality and solace. “On one hand they spend crores of rupees on programs like Sparsh Ganga to save the river and on the other had they also spend crores of rupees on building dams on it, thereby destroying it.” He also pointed out that if Ganga was to be declared a World Heritage, as the State Government has repeatedly requested, then “no one can even build a wall on its banks, leave alone building dams on it” he said.

Ruk Jaao play by Green Voices
Ruk Jaao play by Green Voices


Carlos, an American, said the he had come to India to imbibe the Ganga as he had read a lot about its powers but was aghast at the filth people throw in it and how insensitive people were about it. He sang a song about saving Ganga adapted from the famous Beatles song “Let it be”. Dr Rakesh Baloni read out a poem, depicting the sadness of people at the imminent drowning of a famous Dhari Devi temple near Srinagar, due to construction of a dam in the region.

A photo exhibition by People’s Science Institute was also put up depicting the destruction which accompanies dam building. The evening concluded with the participants vowing to speak up against the destruction of India’s living symbol.



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Date30-Dec-15
From: Reading this makes my decnoisis easier than taking candy from a baby.
Reading this makes my decnoisis easier than taking candy from a baby.


Date14-Oct-15
From: The water wheel requires water the use of a fall. Basically you need to use grivaty to make water work a good source of energy if you can get it. However, you are more likely to find wind resources than water resources.Chuckle, if you have constan
The water wheel requires water the use of a fall. Basically you need to use grivaty to make water work a good source of energy if you can get it. However, you are more likely to find wind resources than water resources.Chuckle, if you have constant water a sharp slope or drop off, you have an energy gold mine.Ed


Date16-Jul-10
From: Sanjupahari
Commendable job Pandey Ji,,,kudos to your entire team for making people aware of issue like this. Call to save ganga isn't merely a call yet need of next generation India. Cheers Sanjupahari New York




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