Haridwar, February 10
Veteran Rashtriya Sewak Sangh ideologue Govindacharya today extended support to the ongoing “Save Ganga” movement which is currently ongoing at Matra Sadan ashram in Haridwar.
Perturbed by numerous vain attempts initiated by the Centre and the state government on cleaning the Ganga, Govindacharya even urged people not to go on pilgrimage on the Ganga like Char Dham yatra to express resentment against pollution in the Ganga.
He said despite numerous schemes, projects and even spending crores from the World Bank on cleaning the Ganga, nothing much had been done. So now it’s the time that people should express resentment by various modes and also make sure they would not contribute in affecting the sanctity of the Ganga.
Govindacharya supported agitating saint Guru Das Aggarwal, other saints and Ganga activists terming their “tapasya” mode of agitation unique and hoped that it would surely bore results.
While meeting with Matra Sadan founder Swami Shivanand, Govindacharya also had a word on the anti-quarrying movement initiated by the Matra Sadan and dwelt on the future course of this movement. Govindacharya has been associated with cleaning of the Ganga campaigns in past and is a regular visitor to the Matra Sadan ashram.
He also had been quite active during late Swami Nigamamand’s fast unto death agitation against illegally quarrying on the Ganga riverbed in Haridwar and now supported GD Aggarwal during his famous agitation on the closing of Lohari Nagpala and Pala Maneri projects in Garhwal hills.
Meanwhile, a large number of people and social organizations are also extending their support to this movement which is speedily catching attention of the masses. As the mode of agitation is “tapasya” only with no gathering, speeches or awareness drive, people are realising the significance of this movement which is related with the holy Ganga for which billions of rupees have been spent for no result.
Tanveer Ali, a local, said the saints and Ganga activists had resorted to a silent mode of expression of anger which itself indicated the lack of seriousness on the part of the government.