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    Clean Ganga activist GD Agarwal dies after fasting for 111 days, Centre says most dem


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    Environmental activist and rationalist GD Agarwal, a former Indian Institute of Technoloy (IIT) professor popularly known as Swami Gyanswarup Sanand, died in a Rishikesh hospital on Thursday, the 112th day of a hunger strike demanding a law to save the Ganga, scrapping of hydropower projects on the river, and free flow of its waters.

    Agarwal, who was 86, was taken to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh, by the administration of neighbouring Haridwar in Uttarakhand on Wednesday, a day after he stopped drinking even water. He had been accepting water with honey during the duration of his hunger strike, which he started on June 22.


    “The seer is dead. On October 9 he declared (his intention) to quit water, following which the next day we admitted him at AIIMS on Wednesday afternoon,” said Deepak Rawat, district magistrate (DM) of Haridwar. Dr Ravi Kant, the director of AIIMS, Rishikesh, said Agarwal died of cardiac arrest coupled with arrhythmia at around 2pm. “His potassium levels were low and his blood pressure was high,” he said.


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the demise of the activist. “Saddened by the demise of Shri GD Agarwal Ji. His passion towards learning, education, saving the environment, particularly Ganga cleaning will always be remembered. My condolences,” he tweeted.


    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...BxnnEqYVP.html



    I thought Ganga was cleaned by the Government.
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    Environmentalist GD Agrawal, 86, died on Thursday, 111 days into a hunger strike to save the Ganga. He was in police custody at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Rishikesh. Before he took his vows as a Hindu ascetic some years ago, Agrawal had taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, served on the board of the National Ganga River Basin Authority and advised government, at various levels, on the health of rivers. This was his fifth fast, a doomed attempt to make the Centre take action on his demands: make the Ganga “aviral” (free flowing) and stop the construction of hydroelectric projects along its tributaries, remove encroachments and keep the river clean. The government responded by trying to force-feed Agrawal, which he resisted, and by trying to shift him to Delhi, which he also resisted. The National Democratic Alliance largely ignored his demands. This was not to be expected of a government that made the preservation and cleaning up of the Ganga a showpiece on its agenda.

    Over the course of four years, the government’s initiatives to clean and protect the Ganga have been more sound than substance, with some dangerous missteps along the way. Agrawal’s death is a sad reminder of how much was promised and how little done.




    https://scroll.in/article/897913/the-daily-fix-environmentalist-gd-agrawals-death-highlights-the-centres-failures-on-the-ganga



    The usual Modi apologist will say "Pavam Modi" he is not be blamed. And Modi riding on this popularity can continue with his ineffective administration, till the next generation.
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    • River mother gives us enough water for us. In turn we are giving sewage to her. What a sad state of affairs! Who is responsible for this?Undoubtedly politicians only. Where is the deliverable result of Modiji on his promise of cleanlising Ganga , when he was elected as MP of Varnasi. But atleast he could have intervened to stop Sant's fasting unto death. But as citizens,we too are partly responsible .We are busy in discussing about Me too movement, Sabarimala, legalising LGBT etc. But not about climate change , linking rivers , or about broken promises of politicians.
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    Somehow the British overlords cared about people on Hunger strike, and caved in. The Russian or Chinese would not have cared.

    Modi government has a policy of sacrificing people to get there tough stand across. May be the just do not want to give in.

    Sorry Dr. GD Agrawal you are nobody, and no body cares about your goal, however lofty they be. In the eyes of Indian government you are nobody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prasad1 View Post
    Somehow the British overlords cared about people on Hunger strike, and caved in. The Russian or Chinese would not have cared.

    Modi government has a policy of sacrificing people to get there tough stand across. May be the just do not want to give in.

    Sorry Dr. GD Agrawal you are nobody, and no body cares about your goal, however lofty they be. In the eyes of Indian government you are nobody.
    May be he is nobody But his body is not!

    Tug of war over Ganga activist GD Agrawal's body | India News - Times of India https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...w/66189272.cms


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