As part of our bio-diversity project at Le Frehindi-Paris with the active support of Indian Embassy in Paris, I would like to bring to you the importance of “Mother Ganga”- the lifeline of India, as described in the book “Vishwa Dharohar Ganga” launched in Paris & Brussels by Ex. Chief Minister of Uttrakhand & currently the honourable HRD Minister of India, Dr Ramesh Phokriyal “Nishank”, who is also the author of this insightful book on how “Le Gange” as it is called lovingly in France, qualifies as not only a life-giving mother to people of the Indian subcontinent but also as the spiritual mother of the world.
For students in Europe who come for a reverse exchange program to India, Le Frehindi often provides us with the opportunity to accompany visiting European students for a tour on the importance of mother Ganga starting from Haridwar to Varanasi. At the end of the tour, the students must submit a report on what inspired them & what they are taking back to Europe from mother Ganga. Almost all reports are startling & amazing praise of mother Ganga & how it has shaped in a sort duration by influencing their own thinking about the meaning of life in the most positive & spiritually elevating ways.
Such is the influence of Mother Ganga that it leaves an everlasting impression on the lives of people who come in contact with it, irrespective of the duration.
We would like to put some real facts about Ganga before our readers and future students of Europe who are expected to visit my University in India in early 2021 :
- It is the third-largest river in the world by discharge.
- The mouth of River Ganga forms the world’s largest delta, known as Sunderbans, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.
- The river flows through 29 cities with a population of over 100,000, 23 cities with population between 50,000 and 100,000, and about 48 towns. It has the highest population of any river basin in the world. It contains over 400 million people
- Mother Ganga is the spiritual river of the world with pilgrimage flanked by sites like Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi, Prayagraj (Allahabad) and Kolkata, which are visited by millions of people from every corner of the world to quench their thirst for spiritual knowledge and liberation.
- Le Gange as it is famously called in France, is also the home for freshwater dolphins and Ganges sharks, both of which are endangered species.
- Many varieties of birds are found in mother Ganga, such as seagulls, mynah birds, parrots, crows, kites, partridges, and fowls. In winter, ducks and snipes migrate south across the high Himalayas, settling in large numbers in water-covered areas.
The above main facts & many more as explained beautifully by Dr Ramesh Phokriyal: “Nishank” in his above-mentioned book, make mother Ganga not only the spiritual heritage for the people of the world but also an ecological treasure of the world, worthy to be preserved & saved from the pollution that has started to infect it at many places especially in the planes soon after she dances down in her purest form from the hills of Dev Bhoomi “Uttrakhand”.
Le Frehindi-Paris has rightly taken continued responsibility to launch books & poems by Dr Ramesh Phokriyal “Nishank”, in multi-international languages, awareness seminars cum workshops & students biodiversity projects with mother Ganga as the theme with the blessing of Dr Ramesh Phokriyal & his many writings & poems on river Ganga, which remains an inspiration for not only for proud Indians ex-pats like us but for the youth across the world
Here are some pictures of our launch in the last two years in Paris & Brusells and many more to come in the session 2020-21.
Team Le Frehindi & Prof. Naresh Thapliyal.