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Govindacharya’s Mission : Protecting Rivers and Cows for India’s Future

– RSS ideologue’s Prakriti – Samvad to start from November 30.

– Asks Government for “Ganga” and “Yamuna” Act immediately  

By- Sharad Singh/Manoj Kumar Pathak

In the realm of octogenarians with youthful energetic motivational attitude, K N Govindacharya stands as a stalwart on a inspirational life changing mission. His unwavering commitment to causes close to his heart—Ganga, Gau (cows), Yamuna, Zamin (land), Jungle (forests), Paani (water) and Hawa (air)—reflects a deep-seated concern for the environmental and cultural well-being of India.

At the forefront of Govindacharya’s present-day passions is the alarming issue of rapidly increasing pollution in the sacred rivers of Ganga and Yamuna. The nationalist thinker firmly believes that the future of India is intricately tied to the survival of its rivers. With approximately 15,000 rivers across the country, Govindacharya highlights the distressing fact that 4500 of them have already dried up. Rests are also in danger zone. At the time of independence we have 30 Lakhs of wells and ponds across the country, but now only 10 Lakhs are some how existing in very bad conditions, 20 Lakhs of them have disappeared. In his view, the equation is simple: “No river, no human civilization.”

To address this critical concern, Govindacharya advocates for the enactment of the Ganga and Yamuna Act. This proposed legislation aims to provide a legal framework for the protection and rejuvenation of these vital water bodies. Through this act, he envisions a comprehensive approach to tackle pollution, ensure sustainable usage of water resources, and safeguard the ecological balance of these sacred rivers.

The Call for ‘Govikas’ Ministry:

Beyond his environmental advocacy, Govindacharya is equally passionate about the welfare of cows and their clans. He staunchly opposes the practice of cow slaughter and insists that it must be halted at any cost. Recognizing the significance of cows in Indian culture and agriculture, he calls for stringent legal provisions to protect these animals.

The former RSS ideologue proposed the establishment of a separate ministry dedicated to ‘govikas,’ underscoring the importance of cultural values and traditions in the developmental discourse. This suggestion reflects Govindacharya’s belief in the need to preserve and promote cultural heritage as an integral part of sustainable development.

Integrating ‘Govigyan’ into Education:

Govindacharya emphasized the complementary relationship between agriculture and cows, advocating for the incorporation of ‘govigyan’ (cow science) into the education curriculum. He proposed the establishment of ‘kamdhenu universities’ in all states, aiming to integrate traditional knowledge with modern education to foster a balanced understanding of agriculture and livestock.

In Govindacharya’s vision, safeguarding the rivers and cows is not just an environmental or cultural endeavor but a national imperative. He sees these causes as integral to India’s identity and future prosperity. As an octogenarian on a Dadhichi mission, Govindacharya continues to inspire with his dedication to preserving the essence of the nation—its land, water, and the cultural symbols that define its rich heritage.

A Paradigm Shift towards Eco-centric Development

Renowned thinker Govindacharya has voiced his concerns about the rampant misuse and cynical destruction of natural resources in the pursuit of human-centric development. He questions the sustainability of a country’s progress when its vital resources are being relentlessly exploited, drained, and polluted, ultimately transformed into mere garbage.

In Govindacharya’s view, the need of the hour is to embrace an eco-centric development model. He highlights the perilous consequences of a profit-oriented approach, citing the example of the fragile Himalayas. The relentless pursuit of corporate-sponsored development has taken a toll on this majestic mountain range, leading to severe challenges such as the melting of glaciers, landslides, flash floods, and ecological imbalance. He raises questions, how will a country develop if it’s natural resources are being blasted, drained, polluted and turned in to garbage, if we want to progress we will have to adopt eco centric development model. Himalayas have became fragile due to corporate sponsored profit oriented development model. Owing to the excessive exploitation of fauna and flora of Himalaya, we are facing sever challenges in the form of natural disaster.

Govindacharya’s vision transcends individual interests, emphasizing the collective responsibility to secure the environment for future generations. As the nation grapples with ecological challenges, his call for an eco-centric development model becomes not just a suggestion but a necessity for sustainable progress. The Dilli-chalo event stands as a pivotal moment in India’s environmental consciousness, uniting citizens under the banner of environmental protection and river conservation.

Integrating Social Indicators: A Holistic Approach to Development

Former RSS ideologue has stressed the need for a comprehensive dialogue on development, emphasizing that such discussions should not overlook crucial social indicators. In his perspective, while the discourse on growth often centers around economic models, it remains incomplete without addressing fundamental issues such as law and order, environmental conditions, and cultural values.

The Importance of Social Indicators:

Govindacharya asserted that conversations about development, exemplified by discussions on Gujarat, Bihar, or Tamil Nadu models, must extend beyond economic parameters. He argued that the inclusion of social indicators, such as law and order and environmental conditions, is imperative for a more nuanced and sustainable approach to development.

Coastal Regions and Economic Liberalization:

Highlighting the significance of coastal regions in the development narrative, Govindacharya pointed out that coastal areas benefit more from economic liberalization compared to internal regions. This observation underscores the need to tailor development strategies based on the unique characteristics of different geographical areas, taking into account both internal and coastal regions.

Beyond Economic Growth:

Govindacharya urged a broader perspective on development that encompasses issues like land, water, livestock, biodiversity, and responsible utilization of mineral resources. By doing so, he advocated for a more holistic and inclusive approach that considers the diverse facets of a region’s ecosystem.

In the evolving landscape of development discussions, Govindacharya’s insights bring attention to the essential but often overlooked social indicators. The call for a comprehensive approach that considers law and order, environmental conditions, cultural values, and sustainable resource utilization is a reminder that true development goes beyond economic statistics, aiming to create a harmonious and balanced society. As we navigate the complexities of progress, incorporating these social indicators into the dialogue ensures a more holistic and equitable path forward. Present scenarios are very pathetic. In last 70 years India lost 50 percent of its bio-diversity and rest are in critical condition. As for as land-Population ratio is concerned the situation is quite discouraging. We have 2.4 percent of land in global geography but recently we become the most populous county of the world. Our forest coverage are has shrinked  from 32 percent to a suicidal level.

Prakriti Samvad to start on November 30 in Delhi:

To address the urgent issues facing the nation’s rivers, Govindacharya has issued a clarion call – “Dilli-chalo for Prakriti Samvad” on November 30. This historic event marks the first time in the country’s history that a people’s parliament is convened to save rivers from pollution and preserve their spontaneous flow. The gathering, set to take place at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, is a testament to Govindacharya’s commitment to environmental protection.

On November 30, attendees will witness Govindacharya and his Environment Protection Force actively shaping the future agenda for river protection and environmental preservation. The focus of this gathering extends beyond mere rhetoric; it is a call to action, urging citizens to unite for the cause of safeguarding natural resources and promoting sustainable development practices.

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