Support for Swami Sanand’s fast from various people

            86 years old Swami Gyanswaroop Sanand, formerly known as Professor G.D. Agrawal, of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and Member-Secretary Central Pollution Control Board, is on fast unto death at Haridwar since 22 June, 2018, demanding a law for conservation of river Ganga. He has played an important role in stalling 3 hydroelectric projects to ensure uninterrupted flow of Bhagirathi, which becomes Ganga after meeting Alaknanda, for the initial 175 kms.

            Close to Rs. 500 crores was spent as part of the previous Ganga Action Plan and now Rs. 7,000 cr. out of Rs. 20,000 cr., proposed budget for Namami Gange project under the current government, has been spent but most of industrial waste and sewage continues to flow untreated in Ganga similar to other rivers like Sabarmati in the country because, firstly, the installed capacity of Sewage Treatment Plants and Common Effluent Treatment Plants is woefully short of the total waste generated and, secondly, whatever capacity has been built remains non-functional for various reasons, including corruption.

            It is shocking that this government which projects itself as champion of Hindutva and changed the name of Water Resources Ministry to include Ganga Rejuvenation in its name is completely silent on Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand’s fast and the media is colluding in this conspicuous conspiracy.

            We demand that the government enter into a dialogue with Swami Sanand to save his life and take some concrete steps to save the rivers and other water bodies of country.

Medha Patkar, Narmada Bachao Andolan, National Alliance of People’s Movements

Swami Agnivesh, Bandhua Mukti Morcha, Delhi

Mallika Sarabhai, Activist and Classical Dancer, Ahmedabad

George Leitmann, Emeritus Professor, University of California, Berkeley (from where Prof. G.D. Agrawal did his Ph.D.)

P.R.K. Rao, former Professor, IIT, Kanpur and colleague of Prof. G.D. Agrawal, based in Hyderabad

Mohini Mullick, former Professor, IIT, Kanpur and colleague of Prof. G.D. Agrawal

C.V.R. Murti, former Professor, IIT, Kanpur and colleague of Prof. G.D. Agrawal

K.R. Srivathsan, former Professor, IIT, Kanpur, former Director, IIITM, Kerala and former Pro VC, IGNOU

Ram Puniyani, All India Secular Forum and former Professor, IIT, Mumbai

Giriraj Kishore, Padma Sri, Literary personality, former Registrar, IIT, Kanpur

Sunil Sahasrabudhey, Vidya Ashram, Sarnath, Varanasi and alumnus, IIT, Kanpur

Rahul Varman, Professor, IIT, Kanpur

Sangeeta Kohli, Professor, IIT, Delhi, earlier at IIT, Kanpur

Alka Hingorani, Associate Professor, IDC, IIT, Mumbai

Siddharth Ramachandran, Professor, Boston Univertiy and alumnus, IIT, Kanpur

Ashok Gupta, Professor, Ohio University and alumnus, IIT, Kanpur

Sanjeev Ghotge, alumnus, IIT, Kanpur and colleague of Prof. G.D. Agrawal

Sushil Handa, alumnus, IIT, Kanpur & former student of Prof. G.D. Agrawal

C.V. Singh, alumnus, IIT, Kanpur & former student of Prof. G.D. Agrawal

M. Ananda Mohan, Ph.D., IIT, Kanpur

Pratap C. Gupta, IIT, Kanpur alumnus, Australia

P.K. Singh, IIT, Kanpur alumnus

Deep Pande, IIT, Kanpur alumnus

Udaya Bhanu Chitranshi, IIT, Roorkee

Dalveer Choudhary, M.Sc. student, IIT, Roorkee

Dilip Kumar, Ph.D., IIT, BHU, Varanasi

Kavish Kumar, Student, IIT, Gandhinagar

Vishwesha Guttal, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Jyoti Jha, Student, IIIT, Hyderabad

S.R. Pandian, Dean (Planning) & Coordinator, Teaching Learning Centre, IIITDM, Chennai

Ghanshyam Shah, former Professor, JNU, University of Chicago, etc., based in Ahmedabad

Sunil Sahasrabudhey, Former Professor, Gandhian Institute of Studies, Varanasi

Prajit K. Basu, Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad

Prem Singh, Professor, Delhi University, New Delhi

AchinVanaik, Former Professor Delhi University, New Delhi

Mohan Bhagat, Emeritus Professor, University of Maryland, USA

Nishrin Hussain, Daughter of Ex. M.P. Ahsan Hussain Jafri, Financial Comptroller, Bear, DE USA

Pramod Boro, President, All Bodo Students’ Union, Assam

Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Activist & Writer, Delhi

Dakxin Chhara, Filmmaker and theatre educator, leader of denotified tribes, Ahmedabad

Jayanta Bandyopadhyay, Researcher, Analyst and Author, Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, Kolkata

Samar Bagchi, NAPM, West Bengal

Meera Sanghamitra, NAPM, National Convenor

Tapan Kumar Bose, Pakistan India People’s Forum for Peace & Democracy

Ravi Kiran Jain, Senior Advocate and PUCL, Allahabad

Gabriele Dietrich, NAPM, Tamil Nadu

Bondita Acharya, Human Rights Activist, Assam

Vijaya Ramachandran, Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti, Kanpur

Sugan Baranth, Nayee Taleem Samiti, Sevagram, Wardha

Mohan Hirabai Hiralal, Convenor,Vrikshamitra, Gadchiroli, Maharashtra

Sunil Kaul, The Ant, Assam

Chandrabhal Tripathi, Society for Communal Harmony, New Delhi

Persis Ginwalla, Activist, Ahmedabad

Sagar Rabari, Activist, Ahmedabad

Mazher Hussain, Social Activist, Hyderabad

Shreekumar, Sangatya, Udupi, Karnataka

Acharya Sachidananda Bharathi, Acharya-guru, Tyagarchana Shanti Mission, Dharma Bharathi Asram, Kochi, Kerala

Pamela Phillipose, Journalist, New Delhi

Hemant Barman, Journalist, Guwahati

Sohail Hashmi, Writer and Film Maker, Delhi

M.G. Devasahayam, IAS (retired)

Sandeep Pandey, Socialist Party (India), Asha Parivar, Lucknow

Lubna Sarwath, General Secretary, Socialist Party (India), Telangana Unit, Hyderabad

Ghazal Srinivas, Popular Singer, Hyderabad

Manesh Gupta, Jan Kalyan Upbhokta Samiti, Muzaffarnagar

Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, Delhi

Alpana Bharati, Philosophical and Political thinker, Hyderabad

Prakarsh Srivastava, Social Activist, Delhi NCR

Mujahid Nafees, Social Activist, Ahmedabad

Naveen Tewari, Entrepreuner, Lucknow

Bobby Ramakant, Citizen’s News Service, Lucknow

Gaurav Singh, Yuva Shakti Sangathan, Lucknow

Praveen Srivastava, Lecturer, Queen’s Collge, Lucknow

Prankur Srivastava, Isha Foundation, Coimbatore

Himani Goel, Analyst, Gurugram

Mudit Shukla, Asha Parivar, Chandigarh

Pooja Srivastava, Homemaker, Delhi

Pallavi Srivastava, Homemaker, Gurugram

Sharad Patel, Bhikshavratti Mukti Abhiyan, Lucknow

Vishesh Sharma, B.Tech., IIT, Banares Hindu University, Varanasi

Vinod Kumar Singh, Social Activist, Lucknow

Hafeez Kidwai, Khudai Khidmatgar, Lucknow

Niraj Kumar Singh, Socialist Yuvjan Sabha, Delhi

Ruchi Saxena, Delhi NCR

Pratima Kumari, Allahabad

Bhawani Shanker Kusum, Gandhian worker, Jaipur

Dinesh Priyaman, Social Activist, Unnao

Brij Khandelwal, Convener River Connect Campaign, Agra

Anuj Jain, Lucknow

Zafar Iqbal, GOPIO-Metropolitan Washington, USA

A C Mathur, Wg.Cdr. (retired)

Darshan Anand Rastogi, Retd. Chief Engineer from All India Radio and Doordarshan, Delhi

Ashok Kumar Jain, Consultant, Noida

Guddi S.L, Managing Editor, Janata weekly, Mumbai

Prabha Chaturvedi, President Exnora, Lucknow

Rachan Daimary, PhD research scholar in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (CSSTIP) at the Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar

Dhananjay Rai, Social Activist and Writer, Ballia, UP

Pratap Narain

Navin Khanna, Writer & Environmentalist, Delhi

Krishna Murari Yadav, RTI tea stall, Kanpur

Dr. V.N. Sharma, Environment consultant & Social Activist

Chandrashekhar, Research student

Shashirekha, Principal, Purnapramati

Geeta Narain, Homemaker, Bangalore

Sukriti, Homemaker, Hyderabad

Urvashi Sharma, Social Activist, Lucknow

T.V. Rajan, General Secretary, All Kerala River Protection Council, Kerala.

Anil K. Dubey, Professor, Lucknow

Poguri Chennaiah, Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union (APVVU)

Suhas Kolhekar, NAPM, Maharashtra

Richa Singh, NAPM, UP

Mahendra Yadav, Koshi Navnirman Manch & NAPM, Bihar

Ashish Ranjan, NAPM, Bihar

Basant Hetamsaria, NAPM, Jharkhand, Convenor

Vijayaraghavan Cheliya, NAPM, Kerala

Raghuram, Purnapramati, Bangalore

Dr. R.N. Kushwaha, Unnao

Prateek Saxena, B.Tech. student from Hyderabad

Muhammad Nayim, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Bundelkhand University, Jhansi

Gurumoorthy M., Entrepreneur, Bangalore

Ravi Prasad, Pratima Prasad, OM & OM Management, Richmond, Virginia, USA

Sudhir Kumar Ugal. Entrepreneur and Social Activist. Ranchi. Jharkhand

Prem Verma, Convenor, Jharkhand Nagrik Prayas, Jharkhand Alternative Development Forum, Ranchi

Nikhil Bajpai, Noida

Vallabhacharya Pandey, Sajha Sanskriti Manch, Varanasi

Ram Janam, Swaraj Abhiyan, Varanasi

Jagriti Rahi, Vision Sansthan, Varanasi

Jagnnath Kushwaha, Lok Ekta Dal, Varanasi

Uma BR, Teacher, Purnapramati School, Bangalore

R.P.Shahi, Ranchi

Anil Virmani

Abhishek Dubey, Environment & Vegan activist, Nature Club Foundation, Gonda, UP

Krupa Srikanth

Jambunatha BN

Chandrashekar

Rajani Santosh, Bangalore

Y.S. Raja Rao

Setthalakshmi PN

Arnav Smahith

Rajeev Dhyani, National Vice President, Swaraj India Party

Kripal Singh Mandloi, Khudai Khidmatgar, Neemuch, M.P.

Girdhari Bora, Tatva Foundation, Lucknow

Akanksha Jaiswal, Tatva Foundation, Lucknow

Dilip K. Som, Maryland, USA

Dr. Neetu Khurana Batra, Post Doctoral Fellow working on Ageing challenges, Lucknow

Sarada Chintala

S. Gopal

Chandravati M.

Yashwant Prakash, Social Activist, Delhi NCR

Ram Yash Yadav, Allahabad

Ashutosh Kumar Singh, Devasthali Vidyapeeth, Ballia

Rajesh Tamadapally, Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow, Co-founder, ‘I Do’




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