The 60 million people visiting Ujjain for the Kumbh Mela were not bothered about the dying Shipra and efforts to rejuvenate the holy river. What mattered was the pilgrimage that carried the promise of salvation.
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While putting dying rivers such as the Shipra and Sabarmati on life support by transporting water at enormous cost from other river basins is measure that's earning populist praise, it raises serious questions on the transparent allocation of this increasingly scarce resource.
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The dark shadow of dying rivers and receding water lie over the Kumbh Melas as hasty interventions and climate change threaten to disrupt the largest human gatherings on earth.
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UJJAIN -- Warning that global warming and terrorism have become the world's biggest concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said shedding the "holier-than-thou" attitude is the key to overcoming...
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Seven people were killed and around 90 others injured when heavy rains accompanied by lightning and squall flattened and uprooted makeshift tents of pilgrims in and around the site of ongoing Simhatha...
This Friday, tens of millions of Hindus across the country will take dips in the sacred Shipra River as part of the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujjain. However, the rivers in which we attempt to cleanse ourselves are heavily polluted. Even the air we breathe is in many areas among the most polluted in the world. This 22nd April represents an opportunity to resolve to change that.
While lakhs of devotees throng Nashik to take a dip in the Godavari on the occasion of Kumbh Mela, the numerous policemen monitoring the crowd go mostly unnoticed and unappreciated. But Manoj Barahate...