This is the first book on environmental journalism in South Asia. It provides an important benchmark for journalism in the region as well as an excellent source of material for the future evolution of environmental journalism. This is a collection of essays by prominent Indian and South Asian environmental journalists. Apart from essays from India, there are contributions from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Maldives. The essays examine this specialization of journalism both historically and in the present.
Chapter 26: It was a Long Journey
It was a Long Journey
It was a long journey.
On my way, I met many, who drank from the same river.
Some even called it ‘Mother’.
Many could write prosaic poems on how the River had sustained life and cradled civilisation.
Most did not understand the vital link between the womb and life.
And all of us treated it as a receptacle of waste.
A glorified sewer, it was once called ‘Yamuna’, when it was still a river…
somewhere in my previous life.
I was travelling from Yamunotri, the source of the river, to Allahabad where it meets the ‘Ganga’, ‘commissioned’ by the Government of India to make a documentary on the river and the new magic potion for cleaning it—the ‘Yamuna Action Plan’ (YAP-1).
At Hanumaan Chatti, the ...