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Gandhi inspires green Ganga mission

What Mahatma Gandhi wrote in 1909 during his sea journey to South Africa would be an inspiration for the volunteers who have embarked upon Mission ‘Green Ganga’.

lucknow Updated: Oct 19, 2012 17:23 IST
HT Correspondent

What Mahatma Gandhi wrote in 1909 during his sea journey to South Africa would be an inspiration for the volunteers who have embarked upon Mission ‘Green Ganga’.

Analysis of development models in his book ‘Hind Swaraj’ and awareness about the science of river and water would mark the Bharatiya Sanskriti Vigyan Jagrukta Yatra beginning on November 1.

The 10-day-long journey along the Ganga — from Prayag (Allahabad) to Kashi (Varanasi) — would be initiated by organisations working for a positive change in the society.

Rajavashishth Tripathi, one of the key organisers of the yatra and president of the Science Awareness Society, said: “We have termed this historic yatra as Hind Swaraj ki Gangajal Yatra because of its focus on the model of ‘Hind Swaraj’. We believe that the development model described in Gandhiji’s book could effectively solve the problem of water pollution, which is so prevalent in water bodies of India.”

The yatra would encapsulate reading and analysis of the book Hind Swaraj, workshops, awareness programmes, competitions, Ganga gram chaupal and a number of other initiatives aimed at sensitising people about the science of water and river. As per the plan, a team of 21 experts including scientists, engineers, academicians and responsible citizens would be a part of the boat yatra. The team would study the vegetation, soil type and collect nearly 50 water samples along the course of the river.

Shyam Dhar Tewari, founder of Satyamev Jayate (another organisation part of the initiative), said: “The aim is also to form a group of volunteers who would work for the cause of rivers even after the yatra.”

This would be done by making them understand the effects of water pollution on aquatic and human life. Developing a scientific approach among the students would also be the objective of the journey.