Hear the Whimper of our Rivers


As it’s always said, “The progress of rivers to the ocean is not as rapid as that of man to error”. Rivers have seen huge depletion from the past one century.

“Bindhya Himācala Yamunā Gaṅgā Ucchalajaladhitaraṅga” a country proud of its rivers and their heritage, a country which is both divided and united by rivers, a country whose origins were on the banks of a river called Indus, India. Rivers have changed the life of people. As they changed their course, so did the civilizations.

Rivers are no longer seen as abundant natural resources. They are private properties, sources for authority and possessions of states. All the rivers in India either flow into Arabian Sea or Bay of Bengal and there are some rivers which flow into Inner parts of India. With seven major rivers (Indus, Brahmaputra, Narmada, Tapi, Godavari, Krishna and Mahanadi) and their tributaries Indian River system is a host to one of the most fertile lands in the world.

We need not list down the factors that cause the depletion of rivers. We have heard enough about polluting the rivers, global warming, filling the river area with landfills and what not. To just understand few facts here, in the 70 years of Indian freedom the depletion of rivers has successfully been 70%. The per capita availability of water now is 1588m^3 which was as high as 5200m^3 in 1951 with year on year depletion rate at 8%. Where are we leading this to? A seasonal river flow or extinction of rivers? The most sacred river for Indians, the Ganga is listed amongst one of the most endangered rivers in the world.

Greatest civilizations like Harappa and Mohenjodaro vanished as the course of rivers along which they developed has changed. India owns only 4% of the total water available in the world and this is not just for drinking purpose, it also has to be used for agriculture, industrial purposes and household needs.

The only answer for all these problems is clearly known, taught, forced to follow and even told as tales. It’s the “trees”. It is high time to say an answer to people who say “As there is no water there are no trees in our region” it’s time to answer them telling “As there are no trees in your region there is no water”. Save trees need not necessarily mean planting trees. Understanding which products are made of trees and finding a renewable alternative for the same or conservative usage of those products can also make you a part of the mission to save the world for your children and their children.

In support of “Rally for Rivers – Lifelines of India” a campaign by Isha foundation headed by Sadhguru has come up with a plan to rejuvenation of the Indian rivers. “Everyone who consumes water must rally for Rivers” is a call given by Sadhguru. Even if you can’t make some time for this campaign any smallest act to save water and trees will together change the conditions of life for our future generations.

Article Written by Bommineni Jyothirmaie Reddy