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Indore: `Life flourishes near rivers: Sumitra Mahajan

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Indore: Taking forward their initiative of saving rivers in the ‘Rally for Rivers’, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev urged people to join the initiative during an event organised at Daly College, on Friday. With a beautiful composition for rivers, classical dancers of the school in blue attire, presented some sequences.

Inspired by a peacock, a flute player from Kutch played ‘miya ki malkhai’. Further songs like Jhilmil were also sung by the singers. Reading out a letter from DC students, the anchor said, “Earth is made of five elements with perfect balance but our actions are disturbing that balance.” A documentary film about the rally and condition of rivers was played for the audience. Delighted with the initiative, chairperson of DC governance board Rajmata Gayatri felt privileged to be a part of the campaign. Appreciating the efforts, Devraj Singh Bhatkara felt happy to see the change and turn up.

Promoting Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, Mayor Malini Gaud supported the campaign and talked about the committee allotted for rivers by the PM. Bowing down to Sadguru, national secretary of BJP Kailash Vijaywargia talked about revival of River Shipra.  Addressing the gathering, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, “It is impossible that Sadguru calls for a cause and people don’t turn up.”

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She related women and rivers as positive and never stopping. She explained that both rivers and women are life givers. “Life flourishes near rivers in every country,” Sumitra said. She shared an experience about how rivers can be kept clean. Further, she elaborated the importance of rivers.

Involvement with nature

My involvement with mountains, rivers has been forever. I am not talking about enjoying beauty of nature or enjoying its resources when talking about involvement. I swam in Kaveri when I was 15. I experienced abundance and power of life of rivers. We are bringing this to end. My involvement became much more when I spent time alone in forests of south India. In the last 25 years, I have been observing depletion of rivers. We plan 32,000 trees under project Green Trees. However, I don’t see it as a solution.  I am telling you it is a failed project because it is not a big number. Rivers’ depletion is very steep. According to study, 75 per cent of rivers would soon be seasonal including Ganga, says Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev

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