Save Ganga Movement

Report 2006-08

SAVE GANGA MOVEMENT: REPORT 2008

SAVE GANGA & SAVE HIMALAYAS MARCH

GANGA SYMBOLIZES  ALL OUR RIVERS AND WATER BODIES

HIMALAYAS SYMBOLIZES ALL OUR FORESTS, MOUNTAINS AND WILDLIFE

A Report on the Celebration of the78th Anniversary of Gandhji’s Dandi  Yatra in the    form of a  Save Ganga &  Save  Himalayas  March from  Bapuji’s  Samadhi at  Rajghat  to  Rashtrapati  Bhavan, New Delhi   on 12-03-2008.

We are glad to inform that like in the previous two years, we organized the above  mentioned function, as a part of our Save Ganga Movement, to pay tribute to our beloved Bapuji on the occasion of the78th anniversary of his Dandi Yatra. It was intended to put moral pressure on our government to take time-bound decisive steps to completely and permanently save the Ganga, symbolizing all rivers and water bodies, and the Giriraj Himalayas, symbolizing all mountains forests and wildlife.   

 The Save Ganga & Save Himalayas March from Bapuji’s Samadhi  to Rashtrapati Bhavan  commenced with prayers near  beloved Bapuji’s Samadhi at 8.30a.m on 12th March 2008. H.H. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi, Hon,ble Member of Parliament Shri Rewati Raman Singh, Dr Priya Ranjan Trivedi, President, World Institution Building Programme, Dr M.L. Dewan, President, HIMCON and Gandhian Activist Smt Rama Rauta, Convener of the Save Ganga Movement led the March. Many distinguished persons such as Dr. Ashok Srichand, President, Ganga Sewak Samaj, Allahabad, Shri Promod. R.S, Secretary, Jain Swetamber Terapanth, New Delhi , Smt Rekha Udit, Secretary, Global Warming Reduction Centre, New Delhi, Shri Manish Kumar Shekhar, President, Khadi &Village Industries Development Agency of India, Dr.  Pramod Talgeri, Vice Chancellor, India international Multiversity, Pune , Shri Madhav Aslekar, Registrar, India International Multiversity, Pune   participated in the march. The March commenced with prayers near our beloved Bapuji’s Samadhi at 8:30 a.m on 12th March 2008 and concluded with the formal presentation of Our Charter of Ten Demands to Save the Ganga and the Himalayas in the form of an Appeal to our Hon’ble Rashtrapatiji at the Rashatrapati Bhavan.  

Although more than two dozen organizations are supporting our movement and many of them had informed us to participate in the March, unfortunately only a few organizations mentioned above participated in the March. Sadly professional Gandhians have been conspicuous in their absence, although they have been personally requested to participate in it. It is deeply painful to say that this time  not a single Hindu spiritual leader or organization participated in the function although we had earnestly requested many of them. We had invited many  Members of Parliament, but sadly most of them did not even respond, and some of them although accepted our invitation, except Shri Rewati Raman Singh, none of them did  come to the function. Sadly also, the Mass Media neglected the event, although we had earnestly requested them in advance to give wide publicity about our Charter of Ten Demands and to help us to make the event a grand success.

Some Journalists and Gandhians asked me how could one clean the Ganga  from  Pune!    The following is our answer to them: 

 The objective of this movement is on the one hand to create scientific awareness among the masses with the help of the like-minded organizations and eminent noble persons, religious leaders, scientists, intellectuals, social activists and Gandhians against the environmental degradation in general and the pollution of our rivers with special reference to the Ganga in particular, on the other hand to put moral pressure on the government to completely prevent discharge of industrial effluents and untreated sewage from the cities and towns in to our rivers. We intend to convert this Movement into a GANDHIAN NON-VIOLENT MASS MOVEMENT FOR A NON-VIOLENT CULTURE OF DEVELOPMENT, which is the surest and perhaps the only means to prevent the impending massive global ecological crises. The thought of Gandhiji, the apostle of Truth and non-violence of our age, does provide the form and content of a non-violent culture of development in the context of our present technological age. The seers and prophets of all great religions would agree with the Gandhian solution. (For a discussion on this issue, please see the  Note on “Gandhiji on Village Swaraj” in our Website, www.savegangamovement.org .)

  In the National Workshop on ‘Gandhi Ganga and Giriraj’ held on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti as a part of our Save Ganga Movement at Gandhi Darshan Samiti, Rajghat, Delhi on 1st and 2nd October 2004, the above Charter of Ten Demands were unanimously accepted to be the Ten Commandments for establishing in our country a culture of development based on the principle of non-violence, which constitute the base of all ethics.

 We have presented our charter of Ten Demands in the form of an earnest appeal to save the Ganga and the Himalayas directly to our Hon’ble Prime Minister on 13th March 2006 and to Hon’ble Rashtrapati on12th March 2007, which are undoubtedly two great noble souls. We are deeply sorry to inform that unfortunately the government has not taken any significant step so far to save the Ganga & the Himalayas. Since all our major rivers flow through more than one states, it would be the best if the Union Ministry of   Environment and Forests takes the full responsibility of making and keeping all our rivers completely and permanently pollution free through time-bound steps, leaving no scope for the central and state government authorities blaming each other for the failures. To begin with, it should take time-bound decisive steps to make the Yamuna at Delhi completely and permanently free from pollution, which would set an example for the entire country. It is deeply painful to see that Delhi, the capital of our great nation, is the greatest polluter of the sacred Yamuna, the largest tributary of the Ganga. If the industrial developed countries could keep the water of their rivers clean, why can’t we? 

  It is truly deeply anguishing to see that we have failed to make the Ganga free from pollution in spite of our central government launching the Ganga Action Plan in 1985, and spending hundreds of crores of rupees for this purpose, even though we know that the Ganga is the lifeline of our crores of people and crores of our people consider her to be their divine mother. In the National Save Ganga Seminar held at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, on 22nd Nov. 2003 in the course of our Save Ganga Yatra,  many comprehensive reports presented by experts pointed out that “even with the available knowledge, skill and money, the Ganga could be cleaned completely within two years.” (For the report on our Save Ganga Yatra from Gangotri to Gangasagar, please see our Website, www: savegangamovement.org.)  It is deeply painful to know that disrupting the continuity, quantity and quality of  the flows of the Ganga, the government of India has been proposing and/or promoting  a number of hydro-electric projects on various rivers of the Ganga valley  in Uttarakhand including the  the Bhagirathi to tap their enormous hydro-power potential  without  having  an in-depth national debate on this highly controversial issue.  (See Dr G.D. Agrawal’s article on this issue in our Website) Dr. G.D. Agarwal has declared to go on a “fast-unto –death” from Ganga- Dashehra, June 13, 2008 at Uttarkashi on this issue.

Lack of will and apathy of our political leadership and almost total apathy of our bureaucrats and industrialists to solve the problem is mainly responsible for our failure and our moral bankruptcy is the cause of our lack of will .The Nation’s moral bankruptcy is evident in not being able to eradicate none of our various major traditional social evils such as gender injustice, caste and class injustice, communalism, exploitation of rural masses by the urban, cruelty to animals, etc. even sixty years after our Independence. It is truly deeply painful to see that our farmers are committing suicide in large numbers, even in an economically and socially developed state like Maharashtra, even when our GDP Growth is very high. We deeply agree with Gandhiji that “when the kisans become conscious of their non-violent strength, no power on earth can resist them.” Unfortunately our intellectuals have failed to create the mass awareness necessary to create mass movements against various forms of injustice. Although India is a land of morality and religions and of many great moral and spiritual teachers, under the influence of modern western civilization, they have even excluded ethics education from our education curricula from school to university education level.   

We must completely prevent discharge of industrial effluents and untreated sewage from the cities and towns in to our rivers and  not only protect our existing forests and mountains which constitute their natural sources but also take time bound decisive steps to convert one third of our land into forests. We must make a massive effort to realize Gandhiji’s conception of Village Swaraj in our rural India and to begin with we must take time–bound decisive steps to convert rural India in to worth living places for those who want to lead a life of simple living and high thinking. It is greatly agonizing to see that Gandhians and Gandhian Institutions are not doing anything substantial to complete the unfinished work of our beloved Bapu, the apostle of Truth and non-violence of our age. (For a discussion on this issue, please see the Note entitled ‘Saving Gandhi and Gandhian Institutions’ in our Website,www:savegangamovement.org.)  

Neither Bapuji nor any of our great teachers and seers would approve the present culture of development of modern western civilization, which has caused disappearance of tens of thousands of plant and animal species and which continues to cause greater and greater violence to our life-sustaining natural systems.

The great teachers and seers of our ancient Indian civilization explicitly accept universal non-violence, i.e. non-violence to both human and non-human life, to be the foundation of ethics. They see clearly that enlightened selfless ethical life of love constitutes the core of Truth, i.e. of the true ultimate goal of life, and pursuit of selfless ethical life of universal love, making constant effort to grow towards ethical perfection constitutes the core of its means. They explicitly accept that pursuit of wealth and pleasure within the limits of ethics is essential not only for the pursuit of the ultimate goal of life, but also for sustainable development and prosperity in society. Gandhiji sees clearly that all great religions also explicitly or implicitly accept the same. Although various great spiritual seers have seen clearly that an enlightened spiritual   life is intrinsically a life of happiness of the highest kind, it is our predicament that intellectuals and religious preachers generally fail to see it, because without leading a spiritual life it would not be possible to see this invaluable eternal spiritual truth even if one is man of great intelligence.  

  Our spiritual teachers and leaders have collectively an unique important role to play to  create  the mass awareness necessary for creating the necessary mass Satyagraha to prevent our impeding catastrophic ecological crises. But they are also showing utter apathy to our impeding ecological crises. Unfortunately they do not have the culture of working together untidily for such great noble works, although not performing a collective work which could prevent great mass sufferings is highly immoral. They normally fail to see that “an ounce of practice is worth more than a ton of preaching.” It is important to note that unlike modern western civilization, classical Indian civilization has clear answer even to an atheist to the question why to make sacrifices for our future generations or for our harmless fellow lower form of creatures even if it is against our substantial selfish interest. 

 It is our deep conviction that classical Indian civilization has the moral and spiritual resources to create a mass Satyagraha to save the world from the impending massive ecological crises (Global Warming, Air, Water and Land Pollution, Destruction of Forests and Wildlife, Etc.), which has devastating implications not only for our future generations but also for the entire life world in the long run. It is important to note that according to the report of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) published on 20th March 2007, apart from the Ganga, the Indus, Nile, and Yangtze are among the 10 most endangered rivers of the world that are lifeline of billions of people. Global warming could cause more hunger in poor countries and extinction of many animal and plant species and melt most glaciers of the Himalayas, which is the source of the Ganga, the Indus and many other great rivers, by the 2030s, according to a draft UN report published on 6th April, 2007. Extreme Climate changes caused by global warming could lead to heat waves, cyclones, droughts and floods across the world. Surely India, the mother of this only great living ancient civilization which is the mother of many great religions, is in far better position than any other country to create and lead such a movement. 

 India must try  to become a moral and spiritual super power. We must not repeat the mistakes of the form of development of the West. Let us replace the present eco-hostile, out-and-out consumerist and unsustainable self–destructive culture of development of the modern western civilization, by a non-violent sustainable life-saving culture of development. Surly the seers and prophets of all great religions would agree with Gandhiji that such a culture of development is bound to be rural centered. Let us provide the world a culture of Truth and non-violence in the context of our present technological age, where all religions could grow harmoniously in spite of their differences in the realm of metaphysics, and where development could take place with loving care of the invaluable countless kinds of flora and fauna of our life-sustaining natural systems. Posterity will condemn us and curse us if we do not take the necessary time-bound steps to avoid the impending ecological crises.      

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As the next major step of our Movement, we are planning to organize “A Save Ganga & Save Himalayas Yatra” from Badrinath to Rameshwar.  The main objective of the Yatra will be to bring various like-minded organizations and eminent  persons from different streams of life, especially gandhians and gandhian institutions and various likeminded religious leaders and major religious institutions of different faiths (Temples, Mosques, Churches, Gurudwaras, etc) under one roof to devote to the cause of preventing the impending massive ecological crises by creating a non-violent culture of development through a Gandhian Non-violent Mass- Movement. 

 We are glad to inform that the scientists from N.B.R.I, .Lucknow who participated in our Save Ganga Yatra have prepared and presented to the Govrnment an absolutely non-controversial time-bound project for the plantation along the banks of the river Ganga from Gangotri to Ganga-Sagar entitled “Plant based management of Ganga water pollution: Plantation along the banks and development of constructed wetlands for sewage treatment in major cities on the bank of the river.” Completion of this project would surely set an example for undertaking similar projects for our other great rivers. Since our Government is not responding to our request for its  implementation, we shall  persuade our religious institutions to take the responsibility of implementing the Gangotri to Gangasagar Plantation Project. 

We would like to express our deep gratitude to H.H. Swami Tejomayanandji, Head worldwide, Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai, for providing every possible help for the success of our movement from its beginning We are glad to inform that and he has promised to lead the Save Ganga March on 12th  March next year. We are deeply grateful to, H.H. Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao for participating and leading  our every Save Ganga March on 12th March at Delhi and giving his valuable moral support and blessing  for their  success. We are deeply grateful to Smt Tara Gandhi Bhatacharyaji, Vice President, Gandhi Smriti &Darsan Samiti, Tees January Marg, New Delhi & Chairperson of our Save Ganga Movement for her invaluable moral support and selfless help for making our noble event a success, although because of her ill health, she could not participate in the event. We are deeply grateful to Noted Yogacharya H.H.B.K.S Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune for his invaluable blessing, moral and financial support for our movement. We are grateful to India International Multiversity, Pune for its moral and financial support for our movement from its beginning. We are grateful to K.P. Foundation, Pune for their moral and financial support for our movement. Lastly we are deeply grateful to all the organizations and persons who participated in our noble function.   

Smt. Rama Rauta

Convener, Save Ganga MovementPresident,

National Women’s Organization, Pune

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 “A Satyagrahi may never run away from danger, irrespective of whether he is alone or in the company of many. He will have fully performed his duty if he dies fighting…(the) sacrifice of one will evoke the sacrifice of many, and may possibly, produce big results. There is always this possibility. But one must scrupulously avoid the temptation of a desire for results.”     

                                                                                               - Gandhiji 

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SAVE GANGA & SAVE HIMALAYAS MARCH: REPORT 2007

 A Report on the Celebration of the77th Anniversary of Gandhji’s Dandi Yatra in the form of a Save Ganga & Save Himalayas March from Bapuji’s Samadhi at Rajghat to Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on 12-03-2007

We are glad to inform you that we organized the above mentioned function, as a part of our Save Ganga Movement, to pay tribute to our beloved Bapuji on the occasion of the77th anniversary of his Dandi Yatra. It was intended to put moral pressure on our government to take time-bound decisive steps to completely and permanently save the Ganga, symbolizing all rivers and water bodies, and the Giriraj Himalayas, symbolizing all mountains forests and wildlife. We started with Fasting, Prayers, Meditation and Dialogue on ‘Save the Ganga & the Himalayas’ at Gandhi Smriti, Tees January Marg, New Delhi on 11-3-2007, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in which Eminent persons like Supreme court Advocate Shri M.C.Mehta, Rev. Samini Malipragyaji, Samini Rohinipragyaji, Jain Swetamber Terapanth, Dr M.L. Dewan, Himcon, New Delhi, Mr Devendra Sahai, Deep, New Delhi, etc. participated.

The Save Ganga & Save Himalayas March from Bapuji’s Samadhi to Rashtrapati Bhavan commenced with prayers near beloved Bapuji’s Samadhi at 8.30a.m on12th March 2007. H.H Swami Nikhilanand Saraswati, Head of Chinmaya Mission, Delhi, with members of Chinmaya Mission, H.H. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of Delhi, led the March. Jain Swetamber Terapanth, New Delhi group, Prajapita Brahamkumari group under the leadership of Behn Manjulaji, Smt Sushma Sanghvi, President, Gunjan Foundation participated in the March. It was reaffirmed to organize The Day of Dandi Yatra, 12th March, every year in the form a Save Ganga & Save Himalayas March from Bapuji’s Samadhi to Rashtrapati Bhavan preparing for the mission till the necessary steps are taken to completely and permanently save The Ganga &The Himalayas.

A delegation consisting of Smt Rama Rauta, H.H Swami Nikhilanandaji Head of Chinmaya Mission, Delhi, Rev. Bishop D’souza, from Archbishop’s Home, Delhi, Anushree Rauta met ourHon’ble president at 4.30 p.m. and presented the Charter of Ten Demands to Save The Ganga & The Himalayas in the form of an appeal. Mrs. Rauta requested Hon’ble president to seriously consider the suggestion that the Central Government must take full responsibility of taking time-bound decisive steps to completely and permanently save the Ganga and the Himalayas. It is necessary to take time-bound decisive steps to completely and permanently prevent dumping of industrial effluents and untreated sewage from cities and towns to rivers.She requested the President to get approved as soon as possible the National Botanical Research Institute (CSIR), Lucknow, Project for the Plant Based Management of Ganga Water Pollution, so that the plantation programme could commence in the coming rainy season. She informed the President that in the National Save Ganga Seminar at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, on 22nd Nov. 2003, it was generally agreed “even with the available knowledge, skill and money, the Ganga could be cleaned completely within two years.” Lack of will and apathy of our political leadership and almost total apathy of our bureaucrats to solve the problem is mainly responsible for our failure to make the Ganga free from pollution in spite of our central government launching the Ganga Action Plan in 1985 and spending hundreds of crores of rupees for this purpose. Rama Rauta Pleaded with the President that like-minded spiritual organizations should be invited to take the responsibility of the plantation programme of the Uttarkhand Region. She also requested him to do whatever he can to prevent the impending devastating ecological crises which he himself had speculated in his article published in the international magazine “Chronics de los Tiempos”, in April 2002, which is becoming true. Posterity will condemn us and curse us if we do not take the necessary time-bound steps to prevent the impending man-made avoidable ecological crises, which have devastating implications for them.

Although more than two dozen organizations are supporting our movement and many of them had informed us to participate in the March, unfortunately perhaps due to the unseasoned heavy rain and bad weather, only a few organizations mentioned above participated in the March. Sadly professional Gandhians have been conspicuous in their absence, although they have been personally requested to participate in it. Sadly also, the Mass Media has neglected the event, although we had earnestly requested them in advance to give wide publicity about our Charter of Ten Demands and to help us to make the event a grand success.

As the next major step of our Movement, we are planning to organize “ A Save Ganga & Save Himalayas Yatra” from Gangotri to GangaSagar and from Badrinath to Rameshwar. The main objective of the Yatra will be to bring various major religious institutions of different faiths (Temples, Mosques, Churches, Gurudwaras, etc) under one roof to devote to the cause of preventing the impending massive ecological crises by creating a non-violent culture of development through a Gandhian Non-violent Mass- Movement.

We shall also sincerely try to bring the like-minded Gandhians and Gandhian institutions to the main stream of our movement. It is greatly agonizing to see that Gandhians and Gandhian Institutions are not doing anything substantial to complete the unfinished work of our beloved Bapu, the apostle of Truth and non-violence of our age. Gandhiji would have given top priority to create a mass Satyagraha to replace the immensely eco-hostile form of development of modern Western civilization by an eco-friendly non-violent form of development. His message provides us the form and content of such a development in the present context, which could save us from our impending catastrophic ecological crises. The sheers and prophets of all great religions would agree with him on this issue. We must transform our Gandhian institutions into centers of moral and spiritual awareness and inter-religious dialogue on the one hand, and into centers of movements against various forms our social injustices such as species-injustice, class- injustice, caste- injustice, gender- injustice, etc. giving top priority to the movement for creation of a non-violent culture of development on the other hand.

It is our deep conviction that our civilization has moral and spiritual resources to create a mass Satyagraha on the line of our freedom struggle under Bapuji’s leadership to save the world from the impending massive ecological crises (Global Warming, Air, Water and Land Pollution, Destruction of Forests and Wildlife, Etc.), which has devastating implications not only for our future generations but also for all of us, for our entire life world in the long run. Surely, saving the Ganga, the Cradle of our Civilization and the lifeline of crores of our people, and the Himalayas which is the source of the Ganga and many other great rivers, would be a major step in the direction to create a culture of development based on the principle universal non-violence, which is the only means to prevent the impending global ecological crises.

We have presented our charter of Ten Demands in the form of an earnest appeal to save the Ganga directly to the Prime Minister last year and to the President this year, which are undoubtedly two great noble souls. We hope some substantial steps will be taken to save the Ganga and the Himalayas. It is important to note that according to the report of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) published on 20th March 2007, apart from the Ganga, the Indus, Nile, and Yangtze are among the 10 most endangered rivers of the world, that are lifeline of billions of people. Global warming could cause more hunger in poor countries and extinction of many animal and plant species and melt most glaciers of the Himalayas, which is the source of the Ganga, the Indus and many other great rivers, by the2030s, according to a draft UN report published on 6th April, 2007.

We are deeply grateful to H.H. Swami Nikhilanandji, H.H. Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao, Rev.Samini Malipragyaji, Rev. Samini Rohinipragyaji, Rev. Behan Manjulaji, and their organizations for participating in our noble event and helping us to make it a grand success. We would like to record our deep gratitude to Chinmaya Mission, Delhi for providing all help to organize the function. We are deeply grateful to Smt Tara Gandhi Bhatacharyaji, Vice President, Gandhi Smriti &Darsan Samiti, Tees January Marg, New Delhi & Chairperson of our Save Ganga Movement for her invaluable moral support and selfless help for making our noble event a success, although because of her ill health, she could not participate in the event. We are deeply grateful to noted environmentalist & Supreme Court Advocate Shri M.C.Mehta for his invaluable moral support & help for our movement. We are deeply grateful to Noted Yogacharya H.H.B.K.S Iyengar, Ramamani Iyengar Memorial yoga Institute, Pune for his invaluable blessing, moral and financial support for our noble event and movement. We are also deeply grateful to H.H.Acharya Sri Mahapragyaji for his invaluable blessings & moral support for our movement. We are grateful to Rev. Mystic Swami Veet Kantilal of K.P.Foundation, Pune & Shri Rakesh Mittal of Kabir Peace Foundation, Lucknow for their moral and financial support for our movement. Lastly, but not the least, We would like to express our deep gratitude to H.H. Swami Tejomayanandji, Head worldwide, Chinmaya Mission, Mumbai, for providing every possible help for the success of our movement from its beginning.

Co-ordinater:

Smt Rama Rauta

Convener, Save Ganga Movement

President, National Women’s Organization, Pune

 

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SAVE GANGA & SAVE HIMALAYAS  MARCH: REPORT 2006

GANGA STANDS   FOR ALL OUR RIVERS AND WATER BODIES

HIMALAYAS STANDS FOR ALL OUR FORESTS, MOUNTAINS AND WILDLIFE

          A Report on the Celebration of the76th Anniversary of Gandhji’s Dandi    Yatra in the form of a  Save Ganga &  Save  Himalayas  March from  Bapuji’s  Samadhi at  Rajghat  to  Rashtrapati  Bhavan, New Delhi   on 12-03-2006.

      

         We are glad to inform you that we organized the above  mentioned function, as a part of our Save Ganga Movement, to pay tribute to our beloved Bapuji on the occasion of the76th anniversary of his Dandi Yatra. It was intended to put moral pressure on our government to take time-bound decisive steps to completely and permanently save the Ganga, symbolizing all rivers and water bodies, and the Giriraj Himalaya, symbolizing all mountains forests and wildlife.  People from Various like-minded social organizations and eminent persons like Rev. Acharya Sundhansu Maharajji of Viswa Jagrti Trust, New Delhi, Noted Gandhian Activist Smt Tara Gandhi Bhatacharyaji, grand daughter of Mahatma Gandhi, noted Gandhian Activist & Environmentalist Shri Sunderlal Bahuguna, Rev. Behn Manjulaji of Prajapita Brahmkumari, New Delhi, Rev. Swamini.Guru Priya Nanda of Chinmaya Mission, New Delhi, Dr. Priya Ranjan Trivedi, President, Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment, New Delhi, Prof. R.B.Singh, Secretary General, National Association of Geographers India (NAGI), Delhi, etc. participated in the March. The March commenced with prayers near our beloved Bapuji’s Samadhi at 9 a.m on12th March 2006 and concluded with the formal presentation of Our Ten Demands to Save the Ganga and the Himalayas in the form of an Appeal to our Hon’ble Rashtrapatiji at the Rashatrapati Bhavan. Gandhian Activist Smt Rama Rauta, Convener of the Save Ganga Movement and Shri Sunderlal Bahugunaji presented the appeal. Rev. Acharya Sundhansu Maharajji appealed to our spiritual leaders to give top priority to save the Ganga and the Himalayas. Smt. Tara Gandhi Bhatacharyaji appealed to our youth to replace the culture of gun by the culture of broomstick-culture of violence by culture of purification. It was an absolutely peaceful Gandhian non-violent March. It was unanimously resolved to celebrate The Day of Dandi Yatra, 12th March, every year in the form a Save Ganga & Save Himalaya March from Bapuji’s Samadhi to Rashtrapati Bhavan till the necessary steps are taken to completely and permanently save The Ganga & The Himalayas.

          A delegation consisting of Smt Rama Rauta, Rev. Vincent M. Concessao, Archbishop of  Delhi, Rev. Sawami Nikhilanandaji of Chinmaya Mission, Delhi, Shri Vasant Gadgil of IIMV, Vedic Research Center, Pune  met  our Hon’ble Prime Minister on13th March 2006 at 9.30a.m.for about 15 minutes and presented the Ten Demands to Save The Ganga & The Himalyas in the form of an appeal. Mrs. Rauta requested Hon’ble Prime Minister to seriously consider the suggestion that the Central Government under his special care should take the full responsibility oftaking time-bound decisive steps to completely and permanently save the Ganga and the Himalayas. She also requested the Prime Minister to get approved as soon as possible the NBRI (CSIR), Lucknow, Project for the Plant Based Management of Ganga Water Pollution, so that the plantation programme could commence in the coming rainy season.  She informed the Prime Minister that in the National Save Ganga Seminar at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, on 22nd Nov. 2003, it was generally   agreed that “even with the available knowledge, skill and money, the Ganga could be cleaned completely within two years.” Lack of will and apathy of our political leadership and almost total apathy of our bureaucrats to solve the problem is mainly responsible for our failure to make the Ganga free from pollution in spite of our central government launching the Ganga Action Plan in 1985 and spending hundreds of crores of rupees for this purpose. She informed him the view of Shri Sunderlal Bahugunaji that plantation of suitable fruit plants in the Himalayan region could be the major source of livelihood of the local poor people. She also informed him the view of Rev. Acharya Sudhansu Maharajji that various like-minded spiritual organizations should be allowed to take the responsibility of the plantation programme of the Uttarkhand Region. The other members of the delegation fully supported her view. The Prime Minister said that he considers the Ganga to be the soul of India and assured that his government would certainly take the necessary steps as soon as possible to save the Ganga and the Himalayas.

 Co-ordinater:
 Smt Rama Rauta
Convener, Save Ganga Movement
President, National Women’s Organization, Pune
Email: