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Ganga activist Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand ends fast. GOI keen to take care the “Save Ganga Mission”?

Posted by hinduexistence on March 24, 2012

Ganga activist Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand (Prof. G D Agrawal) ends fast.

Source: PTI | 05:03 PM,Mar 23,2012 |New Delhi |

Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanad Ji (Prof G D Agarwal) renowned Save Ganga Saint - Enviornment Activist and Ex Professor of IIT Kanpur sitting in the middle.

Environment scientistGanga activist Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand (Prof G D Agrawal) today broke his fast after the government promised to convene the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh-led National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) next month. Agrawal, who was on a fast-unto-death since March 8 to press for cleaning of Ganga, decided to take water and liquid food after he was informed about the government’s decision to convene the meeting of NGRBA on April 17 by Union ministers Sriprakash Jaiswal and V Narayanasamy. “I will keep taking liquid but will not consume any solid food till any concrete work happens for cleaning of Ganga river,” the 80-year-old activist told reporters here at AIIMS where he was admitted two days ago in a critical condition. Demanding that the issue of Ganga should be put in the “priority list” of government, Agrawal said, “I am not in condition to wait too long. I would be happy if it happens before the Prayag Kumbh scheduled to take place in January, 2013.” Attacking the government’s slow approach in preserving the river, he said, “All river can not be placed in the same category with Ganga. Scientific studies have proven that Ganga water has several qualities. But government’s attitude can be ascertained as one minister increases the (rail) fare and the other reduces it.” The biggest problem faced by Ganga is that 90 per cent of its “blood” (water) is sucked by dams and other illegal activities taking place at its banks, Agrawal, who is also known as Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand, said. Stating that the Prime Minister has taken a note of the Sanand’s fast, Jaiswal said, “A consensus emerged that the next meeting of NGRBA will take place in New Delhi on April 17 and a delegation of Ganga Seva Abhiyanam will be invited as special invitee there.” The agenda proposed by Ganga Seva Abhiyanam will be discussed in the NGRBA meeting and it shall be placed for discussion on priority, the minister said.

A curious mix of green and saffron.

Dinesh C. Sharma  | New Delhi, March 22, 2012 | India Today.

Swami Sananda praying with folded arms to Ganga in Varanasi last week, before he was brought to Delhi to break his fast.

It may sound a bit strange but that’s what is happening in India of the twenty first century. The green politics is getting a dose of saffron or you may say saffron politics is acquiring a green hue. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – the fountainhead of all Hindu politics in the country – passed a resolution at its Pratinidhi Sabha in Nagpur last week, criticising the draft National Water Policy 2012 on key ecological and economic grounds.

The arguments put forth in the resolution would gladden the hearts of any environmentalist, but for the excessive focus on maintaining the sacredness of ‘rivers like Ganga and Yamuna’ by cleaning them up and the need to revive the ancient Saraswati. At the same time, it is ironical to see that holy men and women have had to fight the now-ousted BJP government in Uttarakhand to retain the sacredness of the very same Ganga and its tributaries.

One of them, Swami Nigamanand, even had to give his life up fighting against illegal mining in the Ganga riverbed allegedly by a company owned by a RSS member.

Another swami, Gyanswarup Sanand, a former professor at IIT Kanpur, is still on hunger strike fighting for stopping work on all hydroelectric projects in Himalayan river valleys. He had to be forcibly shifted from Varanasi to Delhi this week.

A closely linked issue, which has cropped up once again thanks to a recent judgment of the Supreme Court, is the interlinking of rivers. It was a pet project of the BJP-led NDA government in early 2002 and was wholeheartedly supported by the saffron brigade.

Swami Nigamanand gave his life up fighting illegal mining.

The interlinking was seen as a nationalist project. The ecological fallout of constructing a series of dams across the country to interlink rivers was conveniently overlooked. Hopefully, at least now the saffron parties and their wings will now be able to appreciate green side of this grandiose plan which was vocally supported by President APJ Abdul Kalam then.

One can have no quarrel with anyone taking up any environmental issue, be it river pollution, impact of hydroelectric dams or the need for water conservation. But support to green causes should not be selective and blinkered.

That’s what bothers mainstream environmentalists. If RSS is against market-based mechanism for water pricing, as it professes in its latest resolution, why are states run by its political wing – the BJP – pursuing this very approach most aggressively?

The Congress stand too seems to be ambivalent when it comes to the Ganga. In response to the fast of Swami Gyanswarup two years back, the central government stopped work on a major hydroelectric project in the Alaknanda valley citing the need to preserve holiness of the Ganga. Yet, the same government continues to give green clearances in other river valleys in the state and constantly ignores pollution in the river flowing in the plains.

Is the river less sacred in the plains or is the reverence shown by the government limited to just one state? Green and saffron can certainly co-exist but let the green override all narrow political concerns.

Another Ganga devotee begins fast unto death in Varanasi.

Varanasi | Mar 23, 2012 | Star News: On the 15th day of his fast-unto-death for the Ganga, Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand (noted environmentalist Prof GD Agrawal) ended his fast in New Delhi after he received a written agreement from the Government of India on Friday. He, however, made it clear that he had not ended his ‘tapasya’ (austerity) and would take only liquid food till the promises were fulfilled.

In the meantime, in continuation with the ‘Ganga Tapasya’, another Ganga devotee in Varanasi, Ganga Premi Bhikshu, began a fast unto death sans water at Kedhar Ghat on Friday. 

Courtesy: IBN Live | PTI  | Star News | India Today.

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Swami GS Sanand (Prof GD Agrawal) shifted to AIIMS, Delhi after condition worsens critically. GOI is not concerned over a ‘Swami’s health’ and ‘Save Ganga Movement’.

Posted by hinduexistence on March 20, 2012

Fasting Ganga activist referred to AIIMS

Varanasi:19 Mar 2012:Post Jagran In:  Noted environmentalist G D Agrawal, now renowned as Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand ( disciple of Swami Avimukteshwaraanandah Saraswatee of Jyotirmath, Badarikashram, Himalaya), who is on “fast-unto-death” to press for cleaning up of river Ganga, was on Monday referred from BHU to AIIMS in New Delhi after his health deteriorated further. Read details…..

Swami Sanand admitted to ICU after health worsens

TNN | Mar 19, 2012 | TOI

VARANASI: The district administration shifted scientist-turned-seer Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand to the ICU of SSL Hospital of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) from the emergency ward of SPG Divisional Hospital despite his protest on Sunday afternoon. On Sunday, Swami Sanand’s fastunto-death stir entered in its 10th day. He had already stopped taking food a month back, and also gave up consuming water 10 days back. As a precaution, the district administration had admitted him to the SPG Hospital where he was given intravenous drugs to save his life.

During his stay at SPG Hospital, Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal had met him as prime minister’s messenger while Union environment minister Jayanti Natrajan had also sent him a letter through district administration. But the seer remained rigid on his stand that until the central government does something meaningful to ensure ‘aviral’ (undisrupted) and ‘nirmal’ (clean) flow of Ganga, he would continue his ‘tapasya’. As he failed to get any desired reply from the Central government, he stopped taking intravenous drugs from Saturday evening.  Read details…..

Swami Gyan Swaroop (Prof GD Agrawal) removes saline drip, continues his fast….

Swami Sanand removes saline drip

TNN | Mar 17, 2012 | TOI

VARANASI: After failing to get a positive response from the Central government, Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand (noted environmentalist Prof GD Agrawal), who has been on ‘nirjal’ fast unto death stir for Ganga for the past nine days, removed saline drip on Saturday. He made it clear that his ‘tapasya’ (austerity) for the Ganga would continue till any clear cut decision was not taken by the government.

After going without food for a month at Haridwar, Swami Sanand left water here on March 9 to press the Central government for doing something meaningful to ensure undisrupted (Aviral) and clean (nirmal) flow of the Ganga. As a precautionary measure, the district administration admitted him to the Shiv Prasad Gupta Hospital. Union minister Sriprakash Jaiswal met Swami as a messenger of the Prime Minister, who is the chairman of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA). But, the meeting failed to reach any decision and deadlock continued. Swami had also warned that he would remove the saline drip on March 17 if government did not respond positively by 5pm. Read details…..

Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand to be taken to Delhi (Now already admitted in AIIMS, New Delhi)…

A new rishi to save the Ganga

Determined to sacrifice his life for the Ganga

Swami Sanand (Prof.GD Agrawal), after removing his intravenous line in an earlier fasting in Save Ganga Cause. File Photo. N Geo C.

Environmentalist Prof. GD Agrawal now Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand , who left taking even water from Friday the 9th March 2012, is determined to sacrifice his life for the River Ganga (गंगा) . He refused the requests and arguments of local administrative officials regarding a rethink on his decision. “It is not the question of my life, but it is a matter of pain and suffering of Mother Ganga,” he said, putting aside the request for stopping the fast.

Swami Sanand, who had stopped taking food and was just living on water for a month (from February 8 to March 8), left even water on Friday. He lost some weight on Saturday. According to the records of his medical check up, he lost around 1/2kg body weight in the past 24 hours. A  medical team led by additional chief medical officer RP Tiwari examined his health on Saturday afternoon. His blood pressure was 142/72 while his pulse rate was 82 and weight was 49.5kg. Local administrative and police officials, including the additional district magistrate Ram Yagya Mishra and SP  MS Chauhan, met him and requested him to stop his fast unto death.
“In case of his (Swami Sanand) death, another devotee will take over and
the sequence will continue till the goal is achieved,” said Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati, the coordinator of Ganga Sewa Abhiyanam
and disciple of Shankaracharya of Jyotish and Dwarka Sharda Peeth Swami
Swarupanand Saraswati. He forwarded a letter to the Prime Minister through local administration on Saturday, requesting immediate intervention.
According to him, an open letter to the PM was already sent on January 3, 2012 drawing his attention to main concerns. Due respect, importance and
status of a national symbol was not being accorded to the Ganga in spite of her being designated as the National River. The major concerns include unsatisfactory and ineffective functioning of the National Ganga River Basin Authority, continuing construction work on dams/barrages/tunnels which would totally destroy the natural flow regimes and quality of the river water, nod to a new 300MW hydel project, total failure of regulatory agencies in controlling discharge of urban and industrial wastes into the Ganga and complete lack of sensitivity of the government on these issue. Read more…..

Swami Gyan Swarup Sanand (Dr. GD Agrawal): Fast unto Death for River Ganga – Part 1. An Unfinished Story……..

Related News: 

Dying for the Ganges: A Scientist Turned Swami Risks All

Dan Morrison reports in National Geographic News Correspondent  in Water Currents onMarch 16, 2012.

Three activists resign from PM-led Ganga authority : report in DNA.

NGRBA (National Ganga River Basin Authority) falling prey to internal differences?: analysis in TOI.

Govindacharya backs Swami Sanand on Ganga Cause : report in Daily Pioneer.

Will this Swami also Die in Vain?

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Courtesy: TNN | TOI | National Geographic Channel | Daily Pioneer | DNA | Tehelka | Star News.

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