India is killing the Ganges, and the Ganges in turn is killing India The waterway that has nourished people than any on earth for three millennia is now so polluted with sewage and toxic waste that it has become a menace to human and animal health.Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth, and from ancient times to the present day, to find that the battle to rescue what is arguably the world s most important river is far from lost As one Hindu sage told the author in Rishikesh on the banks of the upper Ganges known to Hindus as the goddess Ganga If Ganga dies, India dies If Ganga thrives, India thrives The lives of 500 million people is no small thing Drawing on four years of first hand reporting and detailed historical and scientific research, Mallet delves into the religious, historical, and biological mysteries of the Ganges, and explains how Hindus can simultaneously revere and abuse their national river.Starting at the Himalayan glacier where the Ganges emerges pure and cold from an icy cave known as the Cow s Mouth and ending in the tiger infested mangrove swamps of the Bay of Bengal, Mallet encounters everyone from the naked holy men who worship the river, to the engineers who divert its waters for irrigation, the scientists who study its bacteria, and Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist prime minister, who says he wants to save India s mother river for posterity.Can they succeed in saving the river from catastrophe or is it too late...
|Title||:||River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India's Future|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 1 edition December 19, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||288 pages|
|File Size||:||668 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India's Future Reviews
Excellent well researched book on the Ganga river and the importance it plays in millions of lives. I started reading on a recent trip to India and thoroughly enjoyed!
Just finished reading Victor Mallet's book on the Ganga and its sad conclusion that our ignorance and indifference will eventually kill ALL our rivers.
I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely book. The way Victor has narrated the historical aspects of it, blended it with the current state of affairs and the problems faced and then presented possible solution approaches, is really admirable. It is refreshing to get such a close perspective from someone who has been in the country only for few years. The book grips me with its accurate narrative of the religious sentiments behind Ganga skilfully blended with the beautiful description of its journey from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal while making one feel the pain of its abuse over decades. A must read......