Bhakti Rasamrita Swami addressed the Save Ganga Movement at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, India on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Save Ganga Movement, a leading NGO (non-government organization), a movement organized to preserve all rivers and water bodies in India from various forms of pollution and exploitation, organized a one day panel discussion on “Save Ganga and Save Himalayas” at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mumbai, India on October 2, 2013 in association with other leading organizations such as the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai, ISKCON, National Women’s Organization, Chinmaya Mission, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institite and the M.C. Mehta Foundation.
Representing ISKCON at the inaugural session of the one-day panel discussion were Bhakti Rasamrita Swami and Sankirtan Das. The panel discussion began with a welcome speech by Smt. Rama Rauta, Convenor of the Save Ganga movement.
Bhakti Rasamrita Swami gave a spiritual perspective on the status of Mother Earth and Mother Ganga while commending the efforts of all the institutions present and the initiative taken by them to increase the awareness about the need to protect and preserve the pure state of the Himalayas and our holy rivers.
Professors from various IITs who are engaged in the Ganga Project spoke on technical issues related to saving Ganga and addressing issues of pollution by industrial waste water. Leading lawyer on environmental issues in India, Advocate M.C. Mehta gave an overview of the legal and policy issues related to saving Mother Ganga.
Leading journalist, Rahul Dev, spoke on the social issues impacting the efforts to save Ganga.
The concluding remarks for the discussion were given by Swami Tejomayanandji, Head, Worldwide Chinmaya Mission.
The inaugural session was followed by lunch at Govindas, ISKCON, Chowpatty.[ gandhi ] [ mumbai ]