Indore: Terming Kahn River as nullah, founder of Isha Foundation Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has said at least 75 per cent of untreated water of the city enters into it regularly. Sadhguru’s ‘Rally for Rivers’ launched from Coimbatore on September 3 reached here on Friday to spread awareness about depleting rivers.
Talking to Free Press, Sadhguru said that it is important to keep people aware even after the conclusion of the rally (On Oct 2) in New Delhi. “We will submit a draft policy prepared by us with the help of experts to the Union Government, state governments and international authorities to prepare a long-term policy for rejuvenation of the rivers.”
On the question of earlier campaigns for saving of rivers, Sadhguru said, “All the campaigns for rivers were focused on cleaning the water bodies and not to rejuvenate them. The Union government and state governments didn’t do much for rivers and a long term policy to save them is the need of the hour.”
He said that they were demonstrating economic model where farmers income can be raised from three to eight times by moving from crop-based agriculture to tree-based agriculture. Pointing out that the first stakeholder — rivers – are slowly dying, he said 96 per cent of rivers in India are forest fed and the remaining rivers are glacier fed. Droughts and floods occur in the country because water bodies are not retaining water. Fruit and medicinal trees grown in around one km of catchment areas on either side of rivers will help rivers and also give an economical boost. Sadhguru also appealed to people to join the campaign as their will is more important in democracy and they will have to force the government to make long term policy for saving rivers
Rohingyas issue is not a refugee crisis but an issue of illegal entry
Supporting the Union Government’s statement, Sadhguru said that Rohingya’s issue is not a refugee crisis but an issue of illegal entry.
“How one can allow unknown person to slip into one’s house through window. It’s his/her decision to invite them as a guest. “If somebody knocks you for help, it’s your decision to accept them as guest. But somebody enters into your house and your neighbors argue that they should stay in your house, how it will work?” he said.
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