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Professor GD Agrawal's Fast unto death over Dam on Bhagirathi

Update (5/22/2008):

You can now sign a petition to the Hon’ble Prime minister of India in
support Prof G D Agarwal and the cause for which he has announced a fast
unto death against the damming of the River Bhagirathi above Uttarkashi
online by going to “Petition for Prof Agrawal’s movement”

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Dr GD Agarwal, former Dean, IIT’K and former Member secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, and a very respected personality in the environmental engineering world in India and South Asia has decided to go on a fast unto death against the damming of the River Bhagirathi. Professor Agrawal is a preeminent engineer in this area and his thoughts should be given proper weight in this project for a dam on Ganga.

His concern is that due to inconsistent construction along the pathway and total apathy, the river – revered by many in India and abroad – is withering away. He has written a letter (reproduced below) which is eye opening. Some more information on his environmental concerns can be read from this blog tapasya-bhagirathi.

Here is a brief bio of Dr. G. D. Agrawal from his blog.

Meeting Dr. G. D. Agrawal in his spartan, two room cottage in Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, you would never guess what an accomplished and distinguished scientist he is – first Member-Secretary of the Government of India’s Central Pollution Control Board, former Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at IIT Kanpur and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. The list goes on and on.

Yet this eminent professional sweeps his own floors, washes his own clothes and cooks his own meals. He retains only a few possessions and dresses in homespun khadi. At the age of 76, his main mode of transport within Chitrakoot is a bicycle and when he travels further afield, he goes by ordinary bus and second-class train. These are the deliberate choices of a devout Hindu whose deepest values are for simplicity and reverence for nature. Dr G.D. Agrawal is the doyen of environmental engineering professionals in India. Well past retirement, he continues to teach and inspire students as an Honorary Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Mahatma Gandhi Chitrakoot Gramodaya Vishwavidyalaya, in Chitrakoot (M.P.).

Dr Agrawal is a much sought-after EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) consultant and a Director of Envirotech Instruments (P) Limited, New Delhi – a company that he established with some of his former students from IIT-Kanpur. He is an engineer’s engineer, the person senior professionals turn to for solutions to difficult technical problems. At CPCB he was instrumental in shaping India’s pollution control regulatory structure. He has been a member of various official committees for policy-making and administrative mechanisms to improve India’s environmental quality.

Dr Agrawal is a legendary and inspiring teacher whose students remember him with awe, admiration and affection. In 2002, his former students at IIT-Kanpur conferred on him the Best Teacher Award. He has guided scores of Masters and Doctoral students who are now leaders in the field of environmental engineering and science. Among his more prominent students was the late Anil Agrawal, the trail-blazing founder of the Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi.

Dr Agrawal has been deeply committed to supporting rural development initiatives grounded in scientific methodology. Among others, he has helped mentor well-known development activists like Dunu Roy (IIT-Bombay,’67) of The Hazards Centre, New Delhi, Dr Ravi Chopra (IIT-Bombay,’68) of People’s Science Institute, Dehra Doon and Rajendra Singh, a Magsaysay awardee and founder of Tarun Bharat Sangh.

Born in a farming family in Kandhla (Muzaffarnagar district, U.P.) in 1932, he did his schooling locally and graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Roorkee (now IIT-Roorkee).

He started his career as a Design Engineer in the Irrigation Department, Uttar Pradesh and later obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He has dozens of scientific publications to his credit. Dr Agrawal is both deeply religious and rigorously scientific.

His passionate devotion to the River Ganga comes from his strong Hindu faith; his conviction that we are staring at an unprecedented ecological and cultural catastrophe comes from his powerfully logical mind. As a citizen and a patriot, he has made it his life’s mission to recall India to its glorious traditional reverence for nature and to share that wisdom with the “developed” world. His sense of his duty allows him to do no less.

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Dear: ……………………………………

1. As you are aware, R. Bhagirathi Ganga has a very special place in Indian culture, thought and tradition. In the past few years, however, the continuity, quantity, quality and regime of flows is being disrupted for generation of hydro-electricity like all other rivers. Already in the reach downstream of Maneri, long stretches of Bhagirathi remain water less for long periods. In near future this may become the state of the entire river. As a serious student of environment sciences and as a faithful Hindu, this is hard for me to swallow. I strongly believe that at least Bhagirathi upstream of Uttarkashi should be spared of any works that disturb it’s natural flow-regime, ecology, purity or piety and, after brooding over it for several months, I have decided to oppose such works with all the might I have.

2. What might do I have to oppose such works in the face of the terrible lust for money, material comforts and particularly for electrical energy both on part of the governments and masses alike at the present state of our country? Well, I Pride to be from a culture that places the power of “Sacrifice and asceticism” (tapasya) above all other powers. And what is the use and meaning of “faith” if one is not willing to sacrifice for it! So after deep deliberation I have decided to “fast-unto-death” to oppose the destruction of this ecological marvel and the epitome of Hindu cultural “faith”.

3. In Chitrakoot, where Lord Rama performed his Tapasya, on his auspicious birth-day, Ram-Navami, April 14, 2008, I hereby resolve, that barring circumstances unforeseen, I shall go on a “fast-unto-death” from Ganga-Dashehra, June 13, 2008 to oppose the foul meddling going on with the stream of Bhagirathi upstream of Uttarkashi. May Lord Rama give me the strength of staying firm in my resolve. 4. In the name of your affection and concern for me, I pray to you not to do anything that may even distantly try to make me waiver from my resolve and if by any means, you find me your blessings.

5. After May 15, 2008, I plan to stay somewhere around Uttarkashi most of the time. You could find my location from either M.C. Mehta Environmental Foundation (Tel: 011-41756519) or from People’s Science Institute (Tel: 0135-2763649)

With affectionate good wishes, Your own cultural conscience
(S/dG.D. Agrawal)

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28 thoughts on “Professor GD Agrawal's Fast unto death over Dam on Bhagirathi”

  1. I, one of his former student at IIT-K, fully support the movement initiated by my Guru.

  2. I, one of his former student at IIT-K, fully support the movement initiated by my Guru.

  3. One of your student and Fan from Envirotech. I am worried about your health.And we all support your movement.

  4. One of your student and Fan from Envirotech. I am worried about your health.And we all support your movement.

  5. With complete respect and reverence for this old teacher, I dont think he should risk his life over this issue. There are more effective ways of taking up this fight – as his own “sishyas” in Down to Earth are attempting and as has been done by Tarun Bharat Sangh.

    Eighty years is not an age when should attempt fast unto deaths, over political issues, like building of dams. It would be a tragedy and shame for all those connected with him, if he was even allowed to damage his health by such a fast. All attempts must be made to dissuade him from such a course of action.

    Respectfully

    S.Ananthanarayana Sharma
    IRMA PGP (81-83 batch)
    Madurai.

  6. I wish the blog had given more concrete reasons and logic (other than the ‘faith’ one) because I am sure an eminent Engineer like Prof Agarwal would be in a position to share real issues regarding the construction of the Dam. Most dams in India have failed to live up to the performances initially stated. Hence I am naturally skeptic of such large projects. However, if someone were to tell me that merely because it violates his perceptions of faith, the project ought not be taken up, then he doesnt have any of my support.

    As for ones life, I also believe that one must have total control over ones destiny, life and death, and to use them for whatever cause one thinks to be noble.

  7. With complete respect and reverence for this old teacher, I dont think he should risk his life over this issue. There are more effective ways of taking up this fight – as his own “sishyas” in Down to Earth are attempting and as has been done by Tarun Bharat Sangh.

    Eighty years is not an age when should attempt fast unto deaths, over political issues, like building of dams. It would be a tragedy and shame for all those connected with him, if he was even allowed to damage his health by such a fast. All attempts must be made to dissuade him from such a course of action.

    Respectfully

    S.Ananthanarayana Sharma
    IRMA PGP (81-83 batch)
    Madurai.

  8. I wish the blog had given more concrete reasons and logic (other than the ‘faith’ one) because I am sure an eminent Engineer like Prof Agarwal would be in a position to share real issues regarding the construction of the Dam. Most dams in India have failed to live up to the performances initially stated. Hence I am naturally skeptic of such large projects. However, if someone were to tell me that merely because it violates his perceptions of faith, the project ought not be taken up, then he doesnt have any of my support.

    As for ones life, I also believe that one must have total control over ones destiny, life and death, and to use them for whatever cause one thinks to be noble.

  9. I am a student of GURU JI
    In single-minded pursuit of its agenda for economic advancement, for which cheap energy availability is a major requirement, the Government of India has been proposing and/or promoting a number of hydro-electric projects on various rivers of the Ganga valley including the Bhagirathi to tap their enormous hydro-power potential. In its desire to make India stand somewhere in the long queue of so-called “developed” nations, the GoI is willing to destroy the traditional Indian ethos of worshiping nature and living in harmony with it, slowly destroying any and all links that connect the vast Indian masses to this tradition, heritage and cultural ethos and at the same time erasing what is special, even unique, in the land that is India.

    I am now in Uttarkashi where GURU ji is going to sit, for current information contact me at Mb. 9410706109 and/or 01374-222937

  10. A Critique of Loharinag-Pala, Pala-Maneri
    and
    Other Hydroelectric Projects on R. Bhagirathi
    By
    Dr G.D.Agrawal
    Formerly (i) Design Engineer, Central Designs Directorate, Irrigation Department, U.P., (ii) Professor & Head, Civil (and Environmental) Engg. Deptt IIT, Kanpur, U.P., (iii) Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi, (iv) EIA Expert and (v) Director, Envirotech Instrument (P) Ltd, New Delhi.
    Currently: Honorary Professor of Environment Sciences, MGCGV, Chitrakoot and above all A Devout Hindu
    In single-minded pursuit of its agenda for economic advancement, for which cheap energy availability is a major requirement, the Government of India has been proposing and/or promoting a number of hydro-electric projects on various rivers of the Ganga valley including the Bhagirathi to tap their enormous hydro-power potential. In its desire to make India stand somewhere in the long queue of so-called “developed” nations, the GoI is willing to destroy the traditional Indian ethos of worshiping nature and living in harmony with it, slowly destroying any and all links that connect the vast Indian masses to this tradition, heritage and cultural ethos and at the same time erasing what is special, even unique, in the land that is India.
    Besides the controversial Tehri Dam, which was ultimately cleared by the Apex Court in 2002 and was commissioned in 2005, a medium “run-of-the-river” hydro-electric scheme at Maneri-Bhali on R.Bhagirathi had become operational as early as the late seventies. Another five projects on various tributaries before they join at Devprayag, to be reverently called GANGAji are currently under construction, including the Pala-Maneri and Maneri-Bhali stage II on Bhagirathi. About twenty more medium schemes are at different stages of planning in the reaches upstream of Devprayag, Two of these are on the Bhagirathi proper. Loharinag-Pala, one of these, recently got a clearance from MoEF, GoI.
    It is highly unfortunate that both the environmentalists who never tire of talking of the fragility and uniqueness of the Himalayan environment, as also the devout Hindus, who swear in the name of Gangaji, remained sleeping when Maneri-Bhali was built, and also the agitation against Tehri Dam proved to be miserably inadequate, ill-prepared and primarily concentrating
    on the vested self-interests of a few. In the absence of support both from competent scientific/environmental professionals and the devout Hindu cultural ethos, even a towering leader like Sunder Lal Bahugunaji could not lead the Tehri movement to success. With his secular and socialist inclinations, Bahugunaji did not even think of taking help of the 1916 agreement between the Indian Governemnt (then under British control) and the Hindu community which, as a legal instrument, would have been able to stop Tehri Dam or to make substantial changes in its designs and plans. His scientific base and support could also not be called strong.
    From the above, it is obvious that it is not enough to say we do not support these projects – it is necessary to be specific as to which of these projects and on what grounds. The grounds can be either (i) scientific and environmental or (ii) related to faith, culture and sentiments. If the grounds are scientific/environmental/legal, they have to be strong enough and be presented by competent professionals, to be able to defeat the project promoters. Such grounds shall also need to keep economic aspects in mind and could be rectified by appropriate design or site changes. If the grounds are related to faith, culture, tradition and sentiments, one has to be bold to strongly and openly state so. Of course one has to be “totally convinced” of his faith, culture and sentiments and be able to ensure that these do not involve any sort of primary violence (“Hinsa”) from his side, but a human who cannot stand (or fall) to defend his faith is no human, as a nation which cannot stand to defend it’s sovereignty is no nation.
    Below are discussed the grounds related to (A) our Faith, Culture, Tradition and Sentiments and (B) those related to Environmental/Scientific considerations, due to which we oppose the proposed hydro-electric projects on Bhagirathi, particularly the Pala-Maneri and the Loharinag-Pala projects for which MoEF has granted environmental clearances and construction work has started. We may repeat again and again that the considerations of Group A (those related to faith, culture and sentiments) are the PRIMARY ones, those of Group B (scientific/environmental) only meaningless auxilliaries from our point of view.
    A. Faith/Culture/Sentiments vis-à-vis Projects on the Bhagirathi
    A-1: Gangaji, a very special river demanding special treatment
    In Indian cultural ethos (essentially Hindu ethos since the Islamic/Parsi/Jewish/Christian ethos is in no way linked to the land and geography of India)
    Gangaji is no ordinary river it is “Sur-Sari”, divine flow of energy, a living entity; “mother”, revered and worshipped by tens of crores of Hindus – all the Indians who accept and value their links with this land – over not just a few centuries but several millennia.
    If crores of Hindus from all parts of the country, as far as Kerala, Tamilnadu, Saurashtra, Kashmir etc. flock to Hardwar, Allahabad, Varanasi, Gangasagar and other spots along Gangaji, it is not because Gangaji has built or irrigated their farmlands, or supplies their drinking water or electricity or even helps to drain away their wastes to the sea. NO! Gangaji is no ordinary river in our ethos to be related to these lowly tasks that other rivers and streams also perform. Gangaji is not Nile or Euphrates, or Thames, or Danube or Mississippi, or even Indus (Sindhu). No one ever craves to visit any of these rivers, their origin, their confluence or any spots on them, as crores of Hindus crave for Gangaji. They want to be near Gangaji even in death; at least have a few drops of Ganga Jal.
    The water flowing in Gangaji is not ordinary water to a Hindu, it is “GANGAJAL”, not meant for mere drinking, domestic use, irrigation or pisciculture and hence not needing to meet any criteria or standards set by WHO or MoEF. It is a matter of the life and death of Hindu faith, culture, tradition, sentiments and ethos. One has to think of Kumbh Mela, the Kanwad tradition, the “Chhath” of Bihar and all the other cultural rituals on the banks of Gangaji.
    The main problem of scientists, engineers, planners, economists the so-called “educated”, and of recent Indian Governments is that they wish to first treat and then make Gangaji like any other river. They want to apply all the common criteria, the same standards, the same objectives, the same EIA guidelines the same economic planning to Gangaji as to some nondescript stream. They consider Gangajal as any other surface water, inferior to treated tap-water or “Bisleri/Aqua Fina”. They have never considered it necessary to explore and understand the basis of the Indian faith and reverence for Gangaji. Their real aim and intention is to insult denounce and destroy all that is unique to India’s land, it’s culture and it’s people, to be counted as second rate cousins of the other nationalities of the world, far behind those of European origin. I would wish to be forth-right; to me the effort to equate or consider Gangaji to any other river is an attack by the modern scientific/economic culture on the traditional Indian culture, faith and ethos and has to be fought at that level. Let us be clear and straight forward:

  11. I am a student of GURU JI
    In single-minded pursuit of its agenda for economic advancement, for which cheap energy availability is a major requirement, the Government of India has been proposing and/or promoting a number of hydro-electric projects on various rivers of the Ganga valley including the Bhagirathi to tap their enormous hydro-power potential. In its desire to make India stand somewhere in the long queue of so-called “developed” nations, the GoI is willing to destroy the traditional Indian ethos of worshiping nature and living in harmony with it, slowly destroying any and all links that connect the vast Indian masses to this tradition, heritage and cultural ethos and at the same time erasing what is special, even unique, in the land that is India.

    I am now in Uttarkashi where GURU ji is going to sit, for current information contact me at Mb. 9410706109 and/or 01374-222937

  12. A Critique of Loharinag-Pala, Pala-Maneri
    and
    Other Hydroelectric Projects on R. Bhagirathi
    By
    Dr G.D.Agrawal
    Formerly (i) Design Engineer, Central Designs Directorate, Irrigation Department, U.P., (ii) Professor & Head, Civil (and Environmental) Engg. Deptt IIT, Kanpur, U.P., (iii) Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, Delhi, (iv) EIA Expert and (v) Director, Envirotech Instrument (P) Ltd, New Delhi.
    Currently: Honorary Professor of Environment Sciences, MGCGV, Chitrakoot and above all A Devout Hindu
    In single-minded pursuit of its agenda for economic advancement, for which cheap energy availability is a major requirement, the Government of India has been proposing and/or promoting a number of hydro-electric projects on various rivers of the Ganga valley including the Bhagirathi to tap their enormous hydro-power potential. In its desire to make India stand somewhere in the long queue of so-called “developed” nations, the GoI is willing to destroy the traditional Indian ethos of worshiping nature and living in harmony with it, slowly destroying any and all links that connect the vast Indian masses to this tradition, heritage and cultural ethos and at the same time erasing what is special, even unique, in the land that is India.
    Besides the controversial Tehri Dam, which was ultimately cleared by the Apex Court in 2002 and was commissioned in 2005, a medium “run-of-the-river” hydro-electric scheme at Maneri-Bhali on R.Bhagirathi had become operational as early as the late seventies. Another five projects on various tributaries before they join at Devprayag, to be reverently called GANGAji are currently under construction, including the Pala-Maneri and Maneri-Bhali stage II on Bhagirathi. About twenty more medium schemes are at different stages of planning in the reaches upstream of Devprayag, Two of these are on the Bhagirathi proper. Loharinag-Pala, one of these, recently got a clearance from MoEF, GoI.
    It is highly unfortunate that both the environmentalists who never tire of talking of the fragility and uniqueness of the Himalayan environment, as also the devout Hindus, who swear in the name of Gangaji, remained sleeping when Maneri-Bhali was built, and also the agitation against Tehri Dam proved to be miserably inadequate, ill-prepared and primarily concentrating
    on the vested self-interests of a few. In the absence of support both from competent scientific/environmental professionals and the devout Hindu cultural ethos, even a towering leader like Sunder Lal Bahugunaji could not lead the Tehri movement to success. With his secular and socialist inclinations, Bahugunaji did not even think of taking help of the 1916 agreement between the Indian Governemnt (then under British control) and the Hindu community which, as a legal instrument, would have been able to stop Tehri Dam or to make substantial changes in its designs and plans. His scientific base and support could also not be called strong.
    From the above, it is obvious that it is not enough to say we do not support these projects – it is necessary to be specific as to which of these projects and on what grounds. The grounds can be either (i) scientific and environmental or (ii) related to faith, culture and sentiments. If the grounds are scientific/environmental/legal, they have to be strong enough and be presented by competent professionals, to be able to defeat the project promoters. Such grounds shall also need to keep economic aspects in mind and could be rectified by appropriate design or site changes. If the grounds are related to faith, culture, tradition and sentiments, one has to be bold to strongly and openly state so. Of course one has to be “totally convinced” of his faith, culture and sentiments and be able to ensure that these do not involve any sort of primary violence (“Hinsa”) from his side, but a human who cannot stand (or fall) to defend his faith is no human, as a nation which cannot stand to defend it’s sovereignty is no nation.
    Below are discussed the grounds related to (A) our Faith, Culture, Tradition and Sentiments and (B) those related to Environmental/Scientific considerations, due to which we oppose the proposed hydro-electric projects on Bhagirathi, particularly the Pala-Maneri and the Loharinag-Pala projects for which MoEF has granted environmental clearances and construction work has started. We may repeat again and again that the considerations of Group A (those related to faith, culture and sentiments) are the PRIMARY ones, those of Group B (scientific/environmental) only meaningless auxilliaries from our point of view.
    A. Faith/Culture/Sentiments vis-à-vis Projects on the Bhagirathi
    A-1: Gangaji, a very special river demanding special treatment
    In Indian cultural ethos (essentially Hindu ethos since the Islamic/Parsi/Jewish/Christian ethos is in no way linked to the land and geography of India)
    Gangaji is no ordinary river it is “Sur-Sari”, divine flow of energy, a living entity; “mother”, revered and worshipped by tens of crores of Hindus – all the Indians who accept and value their links with this land – over not just a few centuries but several millennia.
    If crores of Hindus from all parts of the country, as far as Kerala, Tamilnadu, Saurashtra, Kashmir etc. flock to Hardwar, Allahabad, Varanasi, Gangasagar and other spots along Gangaji, it is not because Gangaji has built or irrigated their farmlands, or supplies their drinking water or electricity or even helps to drain away their wastes to the sea. NO! Gangaji is no ordinary river in our ethos to be related to these lowly tasks that other rivers and streams also perform. Gangaji is not Nile or Euphrates, or Thames, or Danube or Mississippi, or even Indus (Sindhu). No one ever craves to visit any of these rivers, their origin, their confluence or any spots on them, as crores of Hindus crave for Gangaji. They want to be near Gangaji even in death; at least have a few drops of Ganga Jal.
    The water flowing in Gangaji is not ordinary water to a Hindu, it is “GANGAJAL”, not meant for mere drinking, domestic use, irrigation or pisciculture and hence not needing to meet any criteria or standards set by WHO or MoEF. It is a matter of the life and death of Hindu faith, culture, tradition, sentiments and ethos. One has to think of Kumbh Mela, the Kanwad tradition, the “Chhath” of Bihar and all the other cultural rituals on the banks of Gangaji.
    The main problem of scientists, engineers, planners, economists the so-called “educated”, and of recent Indian Governments is that they wish to first treat and then make Gangaji like any other river. They want to apply all the common criteria, the same standards, the same objectives, the same EIA guidelines the same economic planning to Gangaji as to some nondescript stream. They consider Gangajal as any other surface water, inferior to treated tap-water or “Bisleri/Aqua Fina”. They have never considered it necessary to explore and understand the basis of the Indian faith and reverence for Gangaji. Their real aim and intention is to insult denounce and destroy all that is unique to India’s land, it’s culture and it’s people, to be counted as second rate cousins of the other nationalities of the world, far behind those of European origin. I would wish to be forth-right; to me the effort to equate or consider Gangaji to any other river is an attack by the modern scientific/economic culture on the traditional Indian culture, faith and ethos and has to be fought at that level. Let us be clear and straight forward:

  13. thanks so much for the information, sir.. If you would like to write more on this topic and about the situation with Guruji, please feel free to register and write a blog post.. please contact me if you need help.

    This is an important topic and a historic task being undertaken by Prof Agrawal.. so recording it will be useful for future generations.

  14. thanks so much for the information, sir.. If you would like to write more on this topic and about the situation with Guruji, please feel free to register and write a blog post.. please contact me if you need help.

    This is an important topic and a historic task being undertaken by Prof Agrawal.. so recording it will be useful for future generations.

  15. Sir,i would like to congractulate you for the great Ganga Bachao dharna that you have undertaken successfully.
    It is indeed sad that the Holiest river of the country is being converted into a cascade of concrete dams for the economic development of the country.It is heartly felt that such constructions which undermine the religious and social sentiments of the people of india should be scrapped at any cost.
    Heartiest congrats from,

    MR SANDEEP MISHRA.

  16. Sir,i would like to congractulate you for the great Ganga Bachao dharna that you have undertaken successfully.
    It is indeed sad that the Holiest river of the country is being converted into a cascade of concrete dams for the economic development of the country.It is heartly felt that such constructions which undermine the religious and social sentiments of the people of india should be scrapped at any cost.
    Heartiest congrats from,

    MR SANDEEP MISHRA.

  17. My brother, Gurudas bhaisaheb, I salute your guts and the capability to take your commitment to Mata Ganga to this level. We are worried about your health and welfare. May God give you strength and courage!
    Sister Suman

  18. My brother, Gurudas bhaisaheb, I salute your guts and the capability to take your commitment to Mata Ganga to this level. We are worried about your health and welfare. May God give you strength and courage!
    Sister Suman

  19. We are gathering support at nanded Maharashtra . We had arranged campaign on 23-6-2008 to inform the people about purpose for which fast is going on. we have distributed information to 1000 people and collected 550 signatures in support of Dr G D Agrawal.
    Similar campaign is arranged on 25-6-2008 in another part of Nanded.

  20. We are gathering support at nanded Maharashtra . We had arranged campaign on 23-6-2008 to inform the people about purpose for which fast is going on. we have distributed information to 1000 people and collected 550 signatures in support of Dr G D Agrawal.
    Similar campaign is arranged on 25-6-2008 in another part of Nanded.

  21. Its very pity to see people comments like anything without knowing the fact related to water resource managment,hydrology, geological science etc. There is no such thing as minimum flow which can satisfy entire components of Bhagirathi river ecosystem or any other ecosystem. In fact words like habitat, holistic are only for argumentative purpose. Environmentalists do not give any figure that what should be the minimum flow. They take shelter of words like sustainable, comprehensive, integrated etc

    When a project get clearance a well defined procedures are followed. In decision taking process geologist, hydrologist, environmnental science personnel, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and finance personnels etc are involved. All these persons are excellent in there field and come to ther service through most competitive exams. They can not be simply fool.

    A environmentalist who sat on fast one fine day at the age of 80 and start telling the world that Bhagirathi runs dry. With timeframe every thing changes. There was a time when there was no Bhagirathi and Tethys sea was there. So many rivers in the geological time scale got extinguished and re-created. There are countless species which extinguished during transition of every geological era. Researcher have proofed that in egypt the Sphinx have suffered heavy water erosion,whereas water and rain were only present in Egypt during the distant past – 11,000 years ago. So,all disturbances are not necessarily due to man.

    Climate change is a natural phenomena. Glaciers may melt and one fine day Bhagirathi river may run dry in spite of suspension of dam building activities in Bhagirathi, then what will G.D.Aggarwal do then …if he is alive?

    Moreover one of the comment posted here is self contradictory also. It says that projects are over Bhagirathi before its confluence with Ganga, so how faith of people believing in Ganga get affected?

    With the halting of projects, the projects envisaged for certain benefits will vanish. Environmentalists convince people that Bhagirathi is eternal and by just looking at it the people would get eternal happiness instead of economic upliftment. This is simply ridiculous and making us fool. Whether without electricity, without economic development, without road, without employmnet, only bathing in Ganga and believing in faith can bring happiness to poor people of India?

    Where G. D. Agrawal was sleeping when he was working for his company. Accusing dam, development etc has become tool to get quick and cheap publicity.

    – A. K. Agrawal

  22. In a case by National council for civil Liberties against Medha patekar from NBA that finance is given by foreign to halt india’s development it has become proved that these environmentalist works on behalf of foregin agencies. Allthough Mr. Saxena from NCCL lost the case, but Ms. Patekar came to back foot.
    I want electricity, roads, employment in my village. Faith is different thing, but I can not survive without bread. We need development. There is no right to Agrawal to stop development of India.
    – Era

  23. Its very pity to see people comments like anything without knowing the fact related to water resource managment,hydrology, geological science etc. There is no such thing as minimum flow which can satisfy entire components of Bhagirathi river ecosystem or any other ecosystem. In fact words like habitat, holistic are only for argumentative purpose. Environmentalists do not give any figure that what should be the minimum flow. They take shelter of words like sustainable, comprehensive, integrated etc

    When a project get clearance a well defined procedures are followed. In decision taking process geologist, hydrologist, environmnental science personnel, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers and finance personnels etc are involved. All these persons are excellent in there field and come to ther service through most competitive exams. They can not be simply fool.

    A environmentalist who sat on fast one fine day at the age of 80 and start telling the world that Bhagirathi runs dry. With timeframe every thing changes. There was a time when there was no Bhagirathi and Tethys sea was there. So many rivers in the geological time scale got extinguished and re-created. There are countless species which extinguished during transition of every geological era. Researcher have proofed that in egypt the Sphinx have suffered heavy water erosion,whereas water and rain were only present in Egypt during the distant past – 11,000 years ago. So,all disturbances are not necessarily due to man.

    Climate change is a natural phenomena. Glaciers may melt and one fine day Bhagirathi river may run dry in spite of suspension of dam building activities in Bhagirathi, then what will G.D.Aggarwal do then …if he is alive?

    Moreover one of the comment posted here is self contradictory also. It says that projects are over Bhagirathi before its confluence with Ganga, so how faith of people believing in Ganga get affected?

    With the halting of projects, the projects envisaged for certain benefits will vanish. Environmentalists convince people that Bhagirathi is eternal and by just looking at it the people would get eternal happiness instead of economic upliftment. This is simply ridiculous and making us fool. Whether without electricity, without economic development, without road, without employmnet, only bathing in Ganga and believing in faith can bring happiness to poor people of India?

    Where G. D. Agrawal was sleeping when he was working for his company. Accusing dam, development etc has become tool to get quick and cheap publicity.

    – A. K. Agrawal

  24. In a case by National council for civil Liberties against Medha patekar from NBA that finance is given by foreign to halt india’s development it has become proved that these environmentalist works on behalf of foregin agencies. Allthough Mr. Saxena from NCCL lost the case, but Ms. Patekar came to back foot.
    I want electricity, roads, employment in my village. Faith is different thing, but I can not survive without bread. We need development. There is no right to Agrawal to stop development of India.
    – Era

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