Rally for Rivers: A Call for Water Preservation

We often hear that the world is at the precipice of facing the “doomsday”, and the recent environmental exploitation stands testament to the same. Taking into consideration this undesirable fact, the much-revered Sadhguru ji decide to start a crusade to save the existence of our rivers, which are deteriorating at an upward trajectory. 

‘Rally for Rivers’
 started sharp at 11:00AM on September 29, 2017, at the Tagore Theater, Sector-18, Chandigarh. This rally has already received huge support in most of the states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Puducherry, finally decided to knock the doors of the City Beautiful. The aim of the rally was to create awareness about our rivers, which are dying a slow death because of our severe exploitation. 
The event started with a speech by Smt. Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament. Aesthetically adorned in a blue and green saree, she said  “Green stands for Hariyaali and blue for rivers- the two things that can save us and our future generations”.

Followed by her speech was Shri Manohar Lal Khattar, Chief Minister of Haryana words of wisdom, wherein he talked about the various programs & policies that the Haryana Government has and will be implemented to contribute to this noble cause and how he wholeheartedly supported this rally. 

Acknowledging the importance of water, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor of Haryana exclaimed, “Jal He Jeewan Hai”, he further enlightened the audience with the importance of water and how severe the consequences can be if we did not stop our foul deeds against the mother nature. 

The next in the row was a crisp & short speech by Shri VP Singh BadnoreGovernor of Punjab telling about the importance of such a rally and the importance of rivers. He assured everyone that Punjab is in total support of the rally and the cause started by Sadhguru ji and ISHA, which is an NGO founded by him that imparts Yoga education across the globe.

Finally, Sadhguru ji was invited by the host to address the audience about his initiative. Addressing the audience about the seriousness of our dying rivers, and how nothing would be left for the future generations, he said, “I am deeply saddened to see and know that our rivers including the Holy Ganges, Kaveri, Narmada, Brahmaputra etc have dried up around 40-50% in the last 50 years”.

Bringing the audience abreast with the seriousness of the matter and impelling people to take the charge now, he said, “This is the time when one can actually do something. If we wasted our time in such cruel behavior, nature will teach everyone a tough lesson.”  

With the view to contribute our bit to the initiative he asked the audience to, “Give a missed call on 8000980009. Secondly, ask your friends and acquaintances to do the same. And thirdly, make sure that the people who are not known to us give a missed call on this number.” (Laughs!) 

The rally proved to be a great success. Thereby, familiarizing everyone with the importance of rivers, and the dire need for sustainable development.

About the Author:

Divisha Singh (DAV College 10)

A turmeric-scented brown girl. Psychology lover. Lover of love. Ambivert. Surviving on hope and Ice-cream. Loves Twenty-one pilot and Jagjit Singh. An annoying sister and loving daughter. You will find me in Chandigarh, constantly failing to meet you. From Banaras, the city of ghats and Shiva. Loves to travel. Amateur Writer.




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