I am not sure whether missed calls or signing petitions can save our rivers. We are aware of what has been happening to the Save Ganga program that has been around for decades now. Clean Ganga was one of the promises made by the present center as well, as they came to power; have we been able to proceed even an inch? I don't think.
This Rally for river program being organised under the aegis of the Isha Foundation captained by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has been trying to gain popular support through various means. He has said that a plan, to be prepared by a group of scientists and environmentalists, will be submitted to the central government for action. But other than the proposal to plant trees on river sides, the campaign stay distanced from many issues including river linking and pollution. I don't think that this campaign has gained the popularity as has been envisaged. Some State governments, especially those being ruled by the BJP, has been providing support to the movement in various ways including compelling government servants and students to participate in rallies etc organised in connection with the move but we need to note that such compulsion does not produce results.
I agree that any move to preserve our natural resources need to be supported but at the same time we need to be convinced that the master minds behind such movements have a clear idea about the process to be followed and also that they can promise us positive results. Reviving our rivers would be a tough job though we have live examples to prove that it can be done if the people directly affected put in their heart and soul into it; preserving the existing rivers from drying out seems to be a tougher task but cleaning and freeing them from pollution seems to be the toughest.
There has been no dearth of awareness programs emphasizing the importance of preserving nature but are we actually listening? I somehow have a feeling that we are going to learn it the hard way if we don't wake up and do our bit; not by signing petitions but by acting and reacting as and when required.
'Our knowledge is a receding mirage in an expanding desert of ignorance'- Will Durant.