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Photo feature: A river flows through it

The 60 million people visiting Ujjain for the Kumbh Mela were not bothered about the dying Shipra and efforts to rejuvenate the holy river. What mattered was the pilgrimage that carried the promise of moksha and salvation

Despite the festivities, there has been an undertow of anxiety at the Kumbh Mela in recent times, brought home painfully this year…Read More

The great Indian river trick

While winning populist praise, putting dying rivers in India on life support by transporting water at enormous cost from other river basins is contentious at best, raising serious questions on transparent allocation of this increasingly scarce resource

Like his forebears before him, 70-year-old Bhimdev Paliwal was telling a tale of faith and tradition to his grandson in a makeshift tent…Read More

Kumbh Melas start running short of water

The dark shadow of dying rivers and receding water lie over the Kumbh Melas as hasty interventions and climate change threaten to disrupt the largest human gatherings on earth

“When I came to the Kumbh in my childhood, this was a beautiful river flowing with sweet water,” Badal Nath, 64, reminisces on the banks of the Shipra river in Ujjain…Read More