It is our responsibility to hold rainfall and allow it to flow 365 days: Sadhguru

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Nov 2017 10:53:32


Staff Reporter,


“It is our responsibility that we leave these rivers at least the way it was given to us by our previous generation to our next generation,” said Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. “Chhattisgarh is one of the very high rainfall receiving states and when such rainfall is there, holding it in our land and allowing it to flow 365 days is an important responsibility that we have,” he added.
Addressing the mediapersons after signing the MoU with Chhattisgarh government, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the founder of Isha Foundation said “it is very nice to see that as a state, Chhattisgarh is among the fastest growing states where many things are happening.

Fortunately, the State Government here is very committed towards the initiative of saving rivers and as a part of this initiative he was here. The MoU signed with State Government is towards creating appropriate indigenous
vegetation along the water bodies that we have in Chhattisgarh.

There are five major rivers and all these rivers need protection and revitalization. Sadhguru said “this is a responsibility that we have the way these land and rivers were given to us by our parents, we must be able to hand it over at least in that condition if not in a better condition to
our children.” In this effort the national movement called ‘Rally for Rivers’ launched to revive the dying rivers of India. Over 16 crore people participated in this event and it is considered as the largest people’s movement in the country since Independence.

This shows the people of India are conscious about the river water depletion and in the 16 states the rally visited, all the Chief Ministers participated. These 16 states have governments comprising of over seven political parties, but all of them came in support for Rally for Rivers. The Rally for Rivers have demonstrated this in a wonderful way that whether political parties or common people, illiterates, farmers, school children, celebrities, all of them when it comes to the nation are ready to stand with us irrespective of their respective differences. Sadhguru said it is very important in a high rainfall area we bring back certain volume of vegetation so that the rivers when flow to other states will also flow full and well.

Answering a query on the time which will be required to
revitalise the rivers here, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev said if the drive is taken aggressively, it will take anywhere between 8-15 years to do necessary work and it will take another 5-10 years before water rises. Accordingly, it will take 15-25 years time to get 15-20 percent rise in water. Since the damage has taken place since last 70 years and it can’t be fixed overnight.

Sadhguru to progress aggressively in this direction, it is required to build nurseries and develop human resources. This can come as a tremendous opportunity for women, particularly rural women, who can earn a lot through this initiative. Because bringing up saplings is a very easy thing for rural women and they can earn a lot just by making nurseries and developing saplings. He said the Isha Foundation will also bring training to make fruit trees because to raise fruit saplings certain skills are required like grafting, stone grafting. Our experience has taught that women are very good in this due to the tenderness of their hands.

Answering a query, the Sadhguru said selection of species has been done already by the nature, hence traditionally and indigenously what has been grown here will be preferred. Answering a query on pollution, Sadhguru said the pollution in the country has increased by four times in last 70 years. Population pressure on this land is very heavy. Maybe this is not experienced in Chhattisgarh but it is there in other parts of the country.

This is the reason the River Revitalization policy has been written in such a way that it is an economic policy with significant ecological impact. This is not economy versus ecology. If we start a fight between ecology and economy, the latter will win. So the policy has been written keeping this in mind and has been submitted to both the Chhattisgarh government and central government as well. We are looking at how we conduct our economic activities without damaging our ecology. In order to find a balance in economy and ecology, things have to be done in ways that no serious damages are caused to ecology. Now time has come to think about sustainability of this nation. As of now no surveys have been conducted on the rivers here but have general information about the same. More than the major rivers, we want to attend to the small tributaries which come into the rivers because it is the health of the tributaries which determine the health of the rivers.