The death of IIT Professor turned Environmentalist Swami Gyan Swaroop Sanand aka GD Agrawal has once again raised big questions over the Central Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Namami Gange project and the quest for clean Ganga.
The 87 year old environmentalist for whom Ganga was more than a river had dreamt of a pollution free Ganges and all his life was dedicated to the defence of the river from industrialisation and resultant pollution.
Professor Aggarwal, who has served as a member of the Indian Central Pollution Control Board, has sat on numerous protests to stop the construction of projects on Ganga. Agarwal had been demanding the government to take steps to stop construction of hydroelectric projects along the river’s tributaries.
GD Aggrawal who was primarily known as Swami Sampoor Sanand had been on an indefinite fast in his Matri Sadan ashram in Haridwar since June 22 to draw the attention of government towards the plight of river Ganga.
The death of Professor Aggrawal has triggered a controversy over PM Modi’s clean Ganga programme, also it has invited political turmoil with opposition accusing Modi government of another Jumla. Congress Senior Leader Randeep Surjewala has also expressed shock over the sudden demise of Professor Agarwal. Surjewala, drumbeating PM Modi and his government asked, ‘Is Namami Gange also a jumla?’
PM Modi who calls himself as Gangaputra is now expressing condolences over Professor Aggarawal’s demise and could not do justice with his words. As per IIT Kanpur’s reports, Prof Agarwal had sent several letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had in 2014 pledged on the banks of the Ganga in Varanasi that immediate steps would be taken to ensure cleaning of the holy river. However, no heed was paid to him and his concern. Now, the dream of Dr Aggarwal who wanted to see cleaner Ganga hangs in balance. Ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections, the matter has once again gained limelight.