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Hello. My name is Moksh Rajput and I am a 15-year-old student and reside in California. As being born in Bharat, I have an eternal internal connection with this nation. When I found out about Bharat's depleting lifelines through Sadhguru's campaign, Rally for Rivers, I learned a lot and understood the seriousness of this cause and its catastrophic effect on humanity. Action has been taken by Sadhguru to Rally for the Nadi's of Bharat. After following this campaign for weeks, I have become motivated to make a change for Bharat, its Nadi's, and its people.
Although this is a lengthy article, I strongly urge you to listen as the lifelines of Bharat (India) are depleting fast.
The rivers of Bharat are changing deeply. From the pressures of population development, out great nadi’s are becoming seasonal. Many small nadi’s have already depleted. 25% of Bharat is turning into a desert. By 2030 which is just 13 years away, Bharat will only have half of the water needed for survival. Ganga, Bharat’s most sacred nadi is the most endangered river in the world. Godavari Nadi was almost completely dry most of last year. Kaveri has lost 40% of its flow. Krishna and Narmada has lost 60%.
You may be asking how this affects me?
Bharat’s population is 1.324 Billion as of 2017. Today is September 21, 2017: 30 million people were born in Bharat compared to 11.3 million deaths. This is a 3:1 ratio. Bharat is on track to outtake China in population within 2-3 years. Our population is increasing exponentially, while our rivers are depleting. How can this work? Simply put, this cannot work. Bharat’s rivers have been the lifelines of the nation from 26th BCE when Mohenjo Daro and Harappa were present. Our civilization was grown out of river banks; the Indus River and Ganga River. Rivers that have been flowing for four million years have been depleted within one generation! For this generation, we are exploiting the water with the emerging industries and overpopulation, it is now our turn to rejuvenate the rivers. These rivers have embraced and nourished us for so long. The time has come where we need to embrace and nourish Bharat’s great rivers. The greatness of our nation depends on the greatness of our rivers. What is happening is once in a lifetime, but not our lives. But, once in a nation's lifetime.
“We have a population of 1.3 billion people. I want you to just look at this possibility of no water to 17% of people on earth. What will happen to human beings when there is no water to drink, you can forget about humanity, something else will take force. Every human being requires water, very few people are doing compensatory action. This is the disaster on the planet.” -Sadhguru
How can donating help?
A very simple solution is available and engineered by Jaggi “Sadhguru” Vasudev to replenish our rivers: Plant and maintain a minimum of one kilometer of tree cover on each riverside. The rivers of Bharat are mostly rain-fed. So, how can they flow throughout the year even in the dry season? The reason is because of forests. Trees ensure that our rivers flow even when the monsoon season ends. Tree roots make the soil porous so that it can absorb rain and hold water when rain falls. This water in the soil is then released into the river gradually throughout the year.
On government land, forest trees can be planted and on farmers land, tree-based agriculture should be approached. Farmer’s income can increase 3-4 times if they switch from crops to fruit tree cultivation. From 2010, Bharat has had a transformation for the worse. Nowadays, fast food restaurants are thriving, such as Dominos Pizza and McDonalds because many Hindustanis are disliking tradition foods. This is horrible news for the farmers, as in the household fewer fruits/vegetables are bought to make curry, roti, rice, and sabji. This in turn, creates less business for farmers. In 2016 alone, 12000 farmers committed suicide leaving behind their family because they could not repay the debt. India is an emerging nation which will become a superpower soon; the GDP rate of growth of Bharat is at 7.10% compared to the United States of America which is at a mere 1.60%. While Rallying for Rivers, let us eat healthy. Let’s eat our traditional foods which bolster the body with no negative chemicals inside them.
Some of the biggest and most sacred rivers that are in danger of completing depleting within 15 years are: Vaigai, Kabini, Ganga, Narmada, Kaveri, Godavari, Krishna, Yamuna, Musi, Gomti, Bhima, and many more other rivers.
Let us chant together the Nadi Stuti created by the Isha Foundation and Sadhguru to save our rivers:
Bharatam Maha Bharatam
Ganga Narmada Punya Teertham
Sindhu Saraswati Kaveri
Jeevana Kaaran Moola Tatvam
Nadi Raashtrasya Maha Amritam
You may listen to the full Nadi Stuti here: http://bit.ly/2xMUxFb
I personally beseech and plead to you all to participate in this in whatever way you can. Give a missed call to 80[phone redacted]9. Donate however much as you can to plant trees and convince the farmers to switch to tree-based agriculture. This means whoever that consumes water shall Rally for Rivers. So that our nation’s lifelines can be rejuvenated and our land becomes rich again.
However much money that is raised will be donated to the Isha Foundation to Rally for Rivers. My goal is the raise $1,500 for this cause.
Please donate generously, (no amount is too small) so that we can help Bharat, the great rivers of Bharat, the World, and for the sake of humanity.
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