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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pollution in Ganga claims more lives than bomb blasts: Advani!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 14, 2011.

A polluted River Ganges. File photo
A polluted River Ganges. File photo - AP.

Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani on Sunday expressed concerns over the increasing level of pollution in the river Ganga, saying it was claiming more lives than those caused by bomb blasts.
In his latest blog posting, Mr. Advani quoted Swami Chidananda Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, to argue that the pollution in Ganga was a serious matter.
“Today most people do not realize that nearly a million people living along the banks of the Ganga die each year due to illnesses caused by its polluted water...”
“A few dozen people dying in bomb blasts in India becomes big news worldwide, and rightly so. But the tragic deaths of many people, who are dependent on the Ganga, go unnoticed even in India. We must change this,” he said, quoting Swami Chidanand.
“Ganga is languishing in such polluted state that people hesitate to bathe in her waters even in Kashi. This is caused by reckless and ill-planned industrialization and urbanization, made worse by lack of elementary civic facilities in towns and villages along it,” Mr. Advani observed.
       01)   How come he, conveniently, ignores Swamy Nigamananda, who scarified his life for Cleaner Ganga in BJP ruled Uttarakhand?

         02)  Anyway, glad that the grand old man of BJP has seized-up of the matter, at last;

         03)  Now, hopefully, he would work towards ‘Cleaner Ganga’ initiatives in BJP ruled States to shame governments of non-BJP ruled to also act, positively towards ‘Cleaner Ganga’ initiatives!

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