How to Save Rivers in India by Dhruv Rathee | Can Rally for Rivers work?

Greetings friends Today I shall be talking about our rivers and ‘Rally for Rivers’ a new initiative that has been taken to save rivers You guys must be knowing about the state in which rivers are these days Some people claim them to be ‘holy’ and take a dip in them But I would prefer staying away from such rivers They have got polluted to such an extent that they can’t be called anything less than a sewer They have started taking shape of a dirty drainage The waste of the cities from where they flow gets dumped straightaway in these rivers and to add to this is the industrial pollution that gets dumped in them And friends these days due to Global warming and other reasons like deforestation, sand-mining the water that should be retained in the rivers is also running out our rivers have started drying out It has been predicted that by 2030, only 50% of the water will be available it would be sufficient for the survival of the population of India So now a person named ‘Jaggi Vasudev’ has initiated ‘Rally for Rivers’ the purpose of it is to create awareness about rivers to as many people as possible to make people aware about the dismal state of rivers and to suggest the government to change some policies to improve them so that the conditions improve For this he is seeking support of as many people as possible he has asked people to give a missed call on a number provided by him this missed call will act as a vote so later they can show it to the government and say that these many people had given a missed call and they support our initiative which includes our suggestions for the changes in the policies so the changes this gentleman is suggesting are to plant trees for a distance of 1 km alongside the rivers, to give a forest cover if it’s a government land then to develop forest covers and if it’s a farmland then to plant fruit trees on the land Jaggi Vasudev says that this policy change of planting trees is a very basic idea it’s a very small and basic step to make people understand he plans to make a long policy document in the month of October it will be a team of about 15 people from environmentalists to ecologists who would suggest him the changes required and they will forward this 3-4 pages of suggestive document to the government it will also mention action on various other issues many people are supporting this cause of rally for rivers politicians from different political parties, celebrities and people from different walks of life many controversies have propped up now because Mr. Jaggi is travelling from Kanyakumari to the Himalayas by a line of cars as these cars will emit CO2 and its also being said that some corporates are funding this initiative I feel that these are very petty issues, especially the one of the cars because if we start pointing out such small issues then we won’t be able to do anything and talking about the fundings coming from the corporate companies as far as these corporates don’t have their selfish motives and they are taking this up as a social responsibility then there’s no harm in it so I would avoid talking about the controversies as i feel this is a very big opportunity so many people have gathered together and this a very good opportunity to finally clean the rivers I would like to give this campaign a benefit of doubt everyone who is running this want good for the country after understanding all this, I would now like to give some solutions on how the rivers can be cleaned and what should the government do in this And what Mr. Jaggi’s team should incorporate in their document and what the citizens should do The biggest suggestion which their policy document states is to plant trees upto 1km alongside the rivers according to me, just stating to plant trees along the riverbed should not seal the deal they must state that only local plants should be planted throughout this area the trees that are locally found in India the ones that match the biodiversity of India, the ones that have evolved in India for eg. Banyan, Jamun, Neem, Peepal all these are the local plants and trees of India it’s very important to follow this or else if they ask to plant any random tree and the government workers who are allotted for this particular task plant a great deal of random trees just for the sake of completing the target then it will be way too harmful especially if the plants they are planting are ‘Invasive plant species these are the plants or trees that are imported from foreign countries and they transform into a pest here Friends you won’t believe every year India incurs a loss of $91 billion because of this so called invasive plant species these plants grow very easily and they destroy the local diversity completely crops gets destroyed, farmers get severely affected and the existing local trees also gets disturbed and eventually destroyed The country incurs a lot of loss, so its very important to grow only local species so trees here become a way to conserve water second way to conserve water is by using traditional methods you guys may not be aware of the fact that about 400-500 years ago and even thousand of years ago Indus Valley Civilization had better irrigation techniques than what we have now better sewage system than what we have now we can learn and adopt a lot from their water conservation techniques here are some examples which I’d like to show y’all This is a Jhalara, its used in Rajasthan they are wells in rectangular shape with stairs constructed on them this is called Bawari this is Ramtek these are some of the many ways in which water used to be collected in olden times these are very simple, economic and will be effective too if used today because India is a vast country and its divided into many states I feel each state should choose and plant their local trees and must choose their local, traditional water harvesting techniques they should select a handful and should focus only on it this will enable them to focus on the local variety and a policy could be formulated the third thing is Sandmining, my friends sandmining means digging for sand near riverbeds and using them later for construction its legal in some places but is illegal in most of the places but these days it has become a mafia business the total predicted business of it each year is $120 billion this is a major factor which leads to the drying up of rivers there’s a high possibility of flooding because of sand mining government has taken some efforts to overcome this like in the year 2015, union government had issued some ‘guidelines for sandmining’ but the decision didn’t make any difference some states are planning to ban sandmining but it leads to nothing because most of the times politicians are involved in sandmining so there needs to be a major change in the policy I personally feel, government should totally ban any kind of sand mining when there will be nothing legal or illegal left so any kind of sand mining could be raided and caught now some people will argue that if sand mining is illegal, then how will one get construction material There’s a thing called ‘manufactured sand’, this has always been available but not being used construction companies don’t use it because they have to pay for it mining in the river yields free sand, whereas manufactured sand asks to be purchased so the solution exists but no one is willing to spend any money on it there should be a complete ban on sand mining so friends from the above points, flooding and drying of the rivers can be prevented but the river will still flow dirty if only these 3 points are taken into implemented the most important point here is that the waste water and sewage water that gets dumped in our rivers lets take the example of Ganga, the one whom we address as the ‘holy’ river it flows through and along 222 cities and in each of those cities the amount of garbage which bundles up the amount of waste which the residents of these cities generate 80% of it gets dumped in the river If you stay in any such city, a city near which any river flows the chances of the waste that you accumulate and throw it in a dustbin all these efforts are in vain because about 80% of it will be dumped in the river, as it is so friends here there are two things the government is not solely responsible both government and the citizens are responsible for it, equally because the government is not
wholly responsible for generating all the waste we too are accountable for it so we will have to think as an individual, of the waste that we generate and how to minimise it and along with reducing it how to make most of it biodegradable at the same time like minimise the use of plastic this is a vast topic and I shall make a separate video on this separately, later. but if i were to explain it in short basically the first thing is to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste which means to separate wet and dry waste should avoid the practise of throwing biodegradable waste in the dustbin as it is it’s going to get dumped in the river later we should collect it at our homes and should make a compost pit out of it you can search on google and see it for yourself how simple it is to convert it into manure and you can use it as a manure for the trees and plants around you just by following this there can be about 50% reduction in the waste, that we accumulate if each and every person living in the city starts following this then there will be an overall reduction of waste by 50% and the waste that flows in the river will also be reduced by 50% then the next stage for us should be to avoid using plastic products and to maximise the use of local products and the traditional packaging that we used to use should be brought back for instance when you eat chaat-papdi, we now get it in plastic plates few years ago it used to be served in leaves like this so lets go back to these because they are biodegradable easy to clean and they aren’t hazardous to the environment we will have to go back to use such products now the second blame goes to the government, it has failed to provide good sewage and drainage system in cities so that all the waste can accumulate in one place they failed to provide us with sewage treatment plant where we could treat sewage we either dump them in our land fills or in our rivers to improve this, Ganga Action Plan 1 had taken off, when Rajiv Gandhi was in power the plan was to construct many sewage treatment plants but after few years they failed to function one may blame corruption or the inefficiency of the government and after that all the governments who came to power promised that they will clean the Ganges you may notice in all Ganga action plans, one thing was common, it was to construct as many sewage treatment plants to construct more waste treatment plants there were few constructions, but they were with respect to the old populace our population increased drastically, this lead to more generation of waste, so it couldn’t manage so much load in today’s time, all the existing treatment plants are highly insufficient around 30% of the sewage which generates in the city gets treated in sewage treatment plant it is nothing but natural that the government will have to focus more on this as to how to improve it how to build more sewage plants and maintain them so that all the waste gets treated I am hopeful that when the policy document gets submitted by the Rally for rivers organisation, all these points will be included. and concrete policies will be enforced on the basis of it and friends here all of you must take charge action taken by the government alone won’t be sufficient as I had mentioned earlier, we are responsible for the generation of tonnes of waste so in order to reduce it, we would have to change ourselves and do something There are also people who use rivers for rituals sometimes they offer it flowers, sometimes Ganesha idols this usually happens in Varanasi and Maharashtra, all this needs to be stopped flowers are biodegradable and offering a few is okay but loading the rivers with trucks of flowers is wrong these customs and rituals were okay in the past when there wasn’t much population offering a couple of flowers was fine but these days the population is in abundance so many idols are immersed at the same time have a look at this video we will have to stop doing this completely this is not how things work because then rivers will be such filthy gutters and the people who disagree with me, can stay content by taking a dip in such filthy rivers what can I say.. but the ones who agree with me, they should support rally for rivers, that’s what I feel lets see what change they bring about this is the first time where a mass movement is happening for the support of the rivers so we all should support the cause I would urge you all to give a missed call on this number and show your support I hope that you guys must have acquired a lot of information from this video if you liked it then you can click here and subscribe to my Youtube channel And if you want to support my initiative then kindly click here and contribute on Patreon Friends we shall meet again in the next video. Thank you 🙂

100 thoughts on “How to Save Rivers in India by Dhruv Rathee | Can Rally for Rivers work?

  1. Hi everyone, please go and share this video through Facebook from this link –

    More shares from their page would mean they would notice and implement the solutions suggested in this video 🙂

  2. Sedghuru Ko Mis call ki zaroorat nahi nahi …. Uss ko Modi Already support karte hai….
    Uss ne already isha Foundation k liye forest khatam kia hai… aur elephant corridor ko b khatam kia….
    Rivers, Forests, Air and biodiversity ko Khatam karne mai Ye Anbhakt Gure Bohat Zeeda Contribute karte hai

  3. Dhruv sir I just want to say that swacch Bharat abhiyan is just a propaganda I have seen the plastics even medical wastes burning …I am a MBBS student researching into the matter I got to know that burning plastic releases dioxin which is very very lethal ….please make video on plastic ban not fully implemented ….I want this rally for rivers implemented just now

  4. Inne paise statue te laate ohi je rivers nu saaf krn de lyi londe te air pollution te londe te hor vi boht kuch ho skda si statue taan baad vich vi ban skda si

  5. Dhruv I dialed the number 8000980009 it's saying the number is invalid. I cannot even see the phone number property on the screen because subtitles hid the half of the number.

  6. The place in Bengaluru where i live, there's a lake and there's a river.. sadly both now are dead

  7. In the name of God…. you can do anything in India… 50% pollution is caused by religious activities …

  8. Your all vedios are awsome it is very important vedio for everyone we should think about it bcz water is life and main source of water is river in India we should spread awareness regarding this.

  9. 😣 India abhi bohot peeche chal raha hai.😭😭 Logon sudhar jao. Dharti maa khatre mai hai.

  10. Sadguru bahut acha kam kar rahe hai lekin rajya sarkar bhi sahyog de to behtar hoga

  11. I think u this time in washroom becoz the voice of you is vibrated like in bathroom…….y or nice

  12. Bhai ek video banao jahan peshab karna mana hai wahi par hi hamare indians peshab karte hai chahe ho padalikha ho ya anpad ho

  13. Can you please make another video on same topic to follow up how much actual work these people could have done so far?

  14. rain water harvesting is one of the simplest, economical method to conserve water at household basis. the plus point by this is that it would prevent excessive run off or flooding in the city. In Ahmedabad, the old Ahmedabad regions are still having this technique installed since ages. One thing could be observed by this is that there is no water lodging in these areas (Old Ahmedabad areas), than in new developed areas!

  15. 80009 80009 company says "aapke dwara dial kiya gya no. glat h plz check no and dial again

  16. Want implementation. Got bored of hearing the same from class 5. Nice video bro. Let's support the cause.

  17. Sadhguru is not a dumb person
    He knows how to deal with rivers
    You are saying textbook things

  18. Sir these statue can be used to decorate something instead of following into water

  19. Bhai tune rally for rivers ka documentation padha bhi tha kbhi?
    Ya bas jo tere chote se dimag me aaya wo bak diya yahan..!

  20. Hello sir…it's been 1 year since the start of rally for river …I want to know what happen to that project …plz do make video on that….what changes they have made

  21. Dhruv ji can you make a video on the present situation of Manipur state. Like price hike in imported commodities from other states due to extra taxes collected by police or millitant groups, ect. You ll be surprised to know that price of potato per kg is Rs. 20-40. Urea-450-700 mrp.230/. And socio economy conditions. And solutions in your opinion. Luckily in Manipur i think no one is one meal eater unlike in some states like Bihar.

    I have viewed you CAB bill video. Many things are left to tell you about Manipur.

  22. Chup BC seedhe seedhe bol Sadhguru ko target karna hai …नदी में गन्दगी है ,नहीं जाना चाहता 😲toh theek ku.nahi Kar deta ,BC koi Kar raha hai toh burai Kar raha hai …Champak 😃😊

  23. I think regarding sand mining , government has to install cameras with centralised viewing of it.

    Rain water harvesting at individual homes plus as a pond for whole village/city will help in retaining the rain water which is getting wasted.

    Waste management system at each city is very important.

  24. I haven't throw any garbage or wrapper here and there since 6 months
    My new year resolution

  25. I just want to say what you have said in 1st topic i.e about planting the trees which are of indian origin in the side of rivers, you needn't have to tell the policy makers for this because the entire rally for river program is leaded by sadguru who knows rivers,tress, their nature far better than you. Firstly talking about the project without watching sadguru interview is the biggest mistake. You could add more points on this project if you watch him.
    Always we shouldn't have to criticise others we should also have to look at the postive aspect also before criticising. In this case you are criticising whole bunch of positiveness
    Sadguru jaggu vasudev is the person who has also worked for the betterment of the environment and betterment of individuals

  26. Log Kab jagruk Hoge yar environment ko lekar kun nhi samaj rhe ha log ye bhi humari Maata ha kya Maa ko ese nuksaan pahuchate ha hum ye ek din Hume bahut nuksaan pahuchyaga hum dheere dheere barbadi par ja rhe ha please yar samjo nadi ko real god mante ho to use clean karne me madat karo i request to all

  27. बहुत अच्छा अपने सद्गुरु जी के अभियान का वीडियो बनाया अच्छा लगा लेकिन अपने वीडियो में बताया फूल और मुर्तिया का ठीक बताया इसकी जगह मुर्तिया हम फ़िटकरी की भी बना सकते है और भी बहुत कुछ है जो तरीके है जो लोग कर भी रहे है समाज ये भारतीय संस्कृति प्रकृति की रक्षक ही है ये तो त्योहारों का बाजारीकरण ही है जो आज आपको ये कहना पड़ रहा है । लेकिन आप ने ईद में जानवरों के काटने पर नदियों में डाला जाता है । इस दोगलेपन को दूर करो । ओर इन्हीं जानवरों को मारने के दौरान भी बहुत सारा पानी बर्बाद होता है । उसका भी बताओ ।। नालियों खून से ओर बंगाल का वीडियो देखा tv पर खून की नदियां थी इसका भी जरूर बताए । जय हिंद 🇮🇳🙏

  28. The last part of the video was terrible. Where idols were thrown in humiliation ..

  29. Brother…. Rally for rivers was just to spread awareness.

    Cavery calling is about action.. it's starting tumoro , september 3 2019. Planting 282 crore trees… And you are speaking things from text books, sadhguru is beyond yours imagination and understanding…. Stay strong…

  30. Basically rally for rivers is not river cleaning project but is a river revitalization project which is tested by UN and Isha has successfully transformed 69700 farmers. Their income has gone up 300-800 times in last 5-8 years. Indian central gov. Has sent official recommendation to all 29 states which has rally for rivers recommendation out of which 5 states have taken it up and waghari river revitalization has already been started in Maharashtra which is known as suicide capital of the country now extension of this project is cauvery calling in which sadhguru is asking people to donate 42rs per tree to revive cauvery emphasizing on planting 242 crore trees in cauvery basin. This is the update. Please circulate it as much as you can.

  31. I think sadhguru is wiser than u n he knows Indian diversity trees more than u. He lives in forest several times so he need not ur suggestions based on foreign researchers 😂😂😂😂

  32. What do you mean by "jaggi vasu dev naam ke aadmi ne" don't you have manners how to speak and how to introduce a person who had a respect in world. This shows what kind of person you are

  33. I'm indeed very happy to share that l have launched my very own sub- campaign 'Cauvery Calling-Action is the Answer' lending support to the initiative started by the Isha Foundation of planting 242 crore trees led by Sadhguru.This campaign aims to revitalize Cauvery and replenish the natural water flow, thereby helping the distressed farmers and boosting the natural ecosystem. Today, due to human interference, the once perennial river, remains dried out for almost 6 months a year.
    Over the years, owing to our greed and carelessness , we have destructed our planet beyond imaginable bounds. Can you imagine a life without water?It's difficult to believe , but we cannot ignore the fact that the second city in the world to go waterless is in our very own country. It's high time we realise that, *"We are a Part of Nature and not Apart from Nature*"
    On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, I have started this campaign to commemorate Gandhiji's Vision of India and bring to life his aspiration of our well-being. I have pledged to contribute 5000 trees in the next 6 months. Through this campaign, we are just contributing 0.0002% of this massive mission. But as they say "A Journey of a Million Miles begins with a Single Step" ,I am convinced that this mission will ensure us a better future.
    To know more about this mission:



    Alone I can do so little, Together we can do so much.So, I humbly request you all to contribute wholeheartedly to this small effort in the following ways:-
    1) Donate saplings @Rs 42 per tree.
    To donate:

    2)Share this message to all your contacts across the world to make this mission successful.
    *Note*: Payment through foreign credit/debit cards is also accepted. The Banks will take care of the currency conversions
    Ronit Ghiya
    For any queries, please feel free to contact me at:
    [email protected]

  34. Hello sir I'm from Nagpur,
    I'm your big fan me apki sari videos dekhta hu mujhe complaint karna he water waste karne walo pe Nagpur me kai jaga mene dekha dukano me rat me 2 2 ghante bore well se pani wast karte he dukan dhone k liye 200 metres tak Pani behte hue jata he Pani lagatar behta rehta he to me online complaint kaha karu please is pe ek video banay

  35. I appreciate ur knowledge and the massive amount of information u have gathered. Instead of pointing out the flaws in someone else and making a video out of it will not be helpful in any way right. Do u think people will get what u say.?
    They just see ur video, get amazed and inspired for a moment and they like ur video and they just move on. So Y dont u move out and do something really useful for the country and the people.

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