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Our National River Ganga

Author : Rashmi Sanghi
ISBN : 9783319005300
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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There is a plethora of information available on the river Ganga in the form of books, blogs, articles, websites, videos. Unfortunately, most of the information about this famous river is in a scattered form and reproduced from unverified sources. This contributed volume is the first multi-author volume publication on this subject. The River Ganga includes a vast array of topics written by several authors of distinction. Topics include; hydrology, tributaries, water uses, and environmental features such as river water quality, aquatic and terrestrial flora/fauna, natural resources, ecological characteristics, sensitive environmental components and more. Part I gives a basic introduction of the Ganga river. The existing data and available information from various sources has been compiled in a pictorial fashion in the form of cmaps. Its cultural importance with changing times is also discussed. Part II looks at the rich biodiversity of the Ganga Basin. It gives a detailed description of the major floral and faunal biodiversity with special emphasis on the national aquatic animal dolphin and Sunderbans, the largest mangrove wetland in the world. Part III examines ‘The Ganga Water as it flows’. It focuses on the water quality as well as its associated challenges. Part IV looks at the complexities of issues confronting the river ‘Ganga in changing times’ be it snowmelt runoff, river bank erosion hazards and hydropower assessments; how the factors of population, poverty and pollution contribute to the fate of the river. Part IV touches on economic aspects derived from the river such as business opportunities and tourism.
Category: Technology & Engineering

River Of Life River Of Death

Author : Victor Mallet
ISBN : 9780198786177
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India is killing the Ganges, and the Ganges in turn is killing India. The waterway that has nourished more people than any on earth for three millennia is now so polluted with sewage and toxic waste that it has become a menace to human and animal health. Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth, and from ancient times to the present day, to find that the battle to rescue what is arguably the world's most important river is far from lost. As one Hindu sage told the author in Rishikesh on the banks of the upper Ganges (known to Hindus as the goddess Ganga): "If Ganga dies, India dies. If Ganga thrives, India thrives. The lives of 500 million people is no small thing." Drawing on four years of first-hand reporting and detailed historical and scientific research, Mallet delves into the religious, historical, and biological mysteries of the Ganges, and explains how Hindus can simultaneously revere and abuse their national river. Starting at the Himalayan glacier where the Ganges emerges pure and cold from an icy cave known as the "Cow's Mouth" and ending in the tiger-infested mangrove swamps of the Bay of Bengal, Mallet encounters everyone from the naked holy men who worship the river, to the engineers who divert its waters for irrigation, the scientists who study its bacteria, and Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist prime minister, who says he wants to save India's mother-river for posterity. Can they succeed in saving the river from catastrophe - or is it too late?
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Rivers For Life

Author : Benazir Ahmed
ISBN : 9789351968078
Genre : Nature
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This publication includes papers that were part of thirty-five oral and nine poster presentations on various themes presented by eminent researchers/ practitioners at the international symposium on “River Biodiversity: Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna River System” facilitated and supported by IUCN.
Category: Nature

The Indian Rivers

Author : Dhruv Sen Singh
ISBN : 9789811029844
Genre : Science
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The book presents geomorphological studies of the major river basins – the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra and their tributaries. Besides major basins, the book explores peninsular rivers and other rivers state-by-state. All types of rivers, i.e. snow-fed, rain-fed and groundwater-fed rivers are explained together in geological framework. Rivers are lifeline and understanding of the rivers, their dynamics, science and socio-economic aspect is very important. However, different sources provide different data base for rivers. But a book which explains all major rivers of a country at a single place was not yet available. This book is the first book of its kind in the world which provides expert opinion on all major rivers of a country like India. This book complements works in these areas for the last two to three decades on major rivers of India by eminent professors and scientists from different universities, IITs and Indian research institutions. The information presented in the book would appeal to a wider readership from students, teachers to researchers and planners engaged in developmental work and also to common people of the society concerned with awareness about rivers.
Category: Science

River Of Life River Of Death

Author : Victor Mallet
ISBN : 9780198786177
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India is killing the Ganges, and the Ganges in turn is killing India. The waterway that has nourished more people than any on earth for three millennia is now so polluted with sewage and toxic waste that it has become a menace to human and animal health. Victor Mallet traces the holy river from source to mouth, and from ancient times to the present day, to find that the battle to rescue what is arguably the world's most important river is far from lost. As one Hindu sage told the author in Rishikesh on the banks of the upper Ganges (known to Hindus as the goddess Ganga): "If Ganga dies, India dies. If Ganga thrives, India thrives. The lives of 500 million people is no small thing." Drawing on four years of first-hand reporting and detailed historical and scientific research, Mallet delves into the religious, historical, and biological mysteries of the Ganges, and explains how Hindus can simultaneously revere and abuse their national river. Starting at the Himalayan glacier where the Ganges emerges pure and cold from an icy cave known as the "Cow's Mouth" and ending in the tiger-infested mangrove swamps of the Bay of Bengal, Mallet encounters everyone from the naked holy men who worship the river, to the engineers who divert its waters for irrigation, the scientists who study its bacteria, and Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist prime minister, who says he wants to save India's mother-river for posterity. Can they succeed in saving the river from catastrophe - or is it too late?
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An Anthology Of Writings On The Ganga

Author : Assa Doron
ISBN : 0198089643
Genre : Social Science
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The Ganga-along with the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Yangtze and the Danube-is one of the great rivers of our planet. Perceiving the Ganga from three levels-material, spiritual, and divine-this anthology reflects on the dialogue and tension between the modern and the traditional, the historic and the mythical, the epic and the everyday, the factual and the fictitious.
Category: Social Science

Ganga Rejuvenation Governance Challenges And Policy Options

Author : Wu Xun
ISBN : 9789814704595
Genre : Political Science
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This book focuses on governance and management issues in the much publicized 'Ganga Rejuvenation Project', led by the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. Attempts over the past three decades to clean up and rejuvenate one of the world's greatest rivers have proved futile. The major reasons for the lack of success are absence of long-term planning, poor co-ordination and failure to sustain whatever little infrastructure for water and sewage treatment could be developed. Focusing on these broad aspects, the book explores spaces for better governance through active community participation, knowledge management, prospects of Public-Private-Partnership, e-governance, youth education, waterfront development, lessons from past failures, comparative international analogies, utilization of external aid and global expertise in successful implementation of a sustainable long-term plan for a river basin's integrated development of both the economy and environment. A host of activities, such as, improving pollution monitoring systems, new development plans for tourism enhancement; river dredging and sewering riparian cities are already being carried in the hope of quick results. The Government of India has also appointed a task force for preparation of a long-term strategy. However, substantial knowledge gaps persist especially with regard to governance. This book aims to address the governance and policy issues and will be a very timely contribution to cleaning as well as rejuvenating Ganga, a river that is lifeline of millions of people. Contents: IntroductionHistorical Evaluation of Ganga Action Plans (Dawa Tshering, Denny Ariaputra, Soh Siew Luie, Tashi Tobgay and Wang Nian)Forming a Broad Umbrella: Facilitating Inter- and Intra-State Coordination (Hlaing Myat, Lay Sopagna, Sirilak Kakanopas, Soe Myint Aung, Visvanathakkurukkal Sokkanathan and Joost Buurman)Educating the Youth: Facilitating a Sustainable Transformation of Ganga (Low Lay Chin, Mark McKiernan, May Yu Lwin, Siow Boon Teik, Erwin and Thamil Selvan Govintharaju)Social Mobilisation: The Fight for Hearts and Minds in Ganga Rejuvenation (David Geordie Wilks, Gilbert E Lumantao, Giridharan Sengaiah, Gloria Wei Wanting, Karen Ann Leong Sun Lian and Khial Muhammad Afghanzai)Whither PPPs? Sustaining Sewage Infrastructure in Ganga Basin (Vishal Kapoor, Xuan Xiao, Zhang Jiapeng and Zhao Huaning)Principles of Waterfront Development — Lessons for Varanasi (Kok Hoong Chan, Thi Thanh Huyen Do, Lay Ling Lim, Salai Aung Myint and Shikha Thaman)Data Governance in Fostering Policy Coherence and Collaboration for Cleaning the River Ganga (Doris Maharlika H Dizon, Prudente S Parcia, Rakesh Kumar, Wai Min Kwok and Maitreyee Mukherjee)Creating a Knowledge Management Culture for Ganga River: An Essential Tool for Success (Thanathorn Asanarong, Sowon Jeon, Ren Yuanlin and Christopher Yeo)Regional Collaboration in the Ganga Basin: Prospects for a Cleaner Ganga and Regional Peace (Elijah Lau Maung-Hoe, Chang Lih Kang, Goh Si Mien, Tetsuya Lim Hayashi and Tran Thanh Tung)Managing Competing Demand for Water in the Ganga: Lessons from the Yellow River (Han Mingyu, Cao Dongdong, Li Na and Panji Ruky) Readership: Practitioners, policy-makers and civil society organizations that are working for the Ganga clean-up and rejuvenation; general public, NGOs, environment agencies and aid agencies interested in the topic. Keywords: Governance;Ganga Rejuvenation;Comparative Analysis;E-Governance;Knowledge Management;Waste Management;Resilience;Stakeholder Involvement;Institutional ReformsReview: Key Features: First of its kind to present governance issues that w
Category: Political Science

The Water Kingdom

Author : Philip Ball
ISBN : 9780226470924
Genre : History
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From the Yangtze to the Yellow River, China is traversed by great waterways, which have defined its politics and ways of life for centuries. Water has been so integral to China’s culture, economy, and growth and development that it provides a window on the whole sweep of Chinese history. In The Water Kingdom, renowned writer Philip Ball opens that window to offer an epic and powerful new way of thinking about Chinese civilization. Water, Ball shows, is a key that unlocks much of Chinese culture. In The Water Kingdom, he takes us on a grand journey through China’s past and present, showing how the complexity and energy of the country and its history repeatedly come back to the challenges, opportunities, and inspiration provided by the waterways. Drawing on stories from travelers and explorers, poets and painters, bureaucrats and activists, all of whom have been influenced by an environment shaped and permeated by water, Ball explores how the ubiquitous relationship of the Chinese people to water has made it an enduring metaphor for philosophical thought and artistic expression. From the Han emperors to Mao, the ability to manage the waters ― to provide irrigation and defend against floods ― was a barometer of political legitimacy, often resulting in engineering works on a gigantic scale. It is a struggle that continues today, as the strain of economic growth on water resources may be the greatest threat to China’s future. The Water Kingdom offers an unusual and fascinating history, uncovering just how much of China’s art, politics, and outlook have been defined by the links between humanity and nature.
Category: History

Seven Sacred Rivers

Author : Bill Aitken
ISBN : UOM:39015029898627
Genre : Hindu shrines
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An Unorthodox Pilgrimage Along India S Rivers Flowing By Himalayan Glaciers, Dusty Mofussil Towns, Impenetrable Forests And Hundreds Of Tiny Villages, India S Sacred Rivers Harbour Legend, Foster Myth And Exert A Powerful Spiritual Attraction. Drawn By Their Irresistible Mystique, Bill Aitkin Set Out To Discover The Seven River Goddesses For Himself. Not Wholly Prepared For The Range Of Moods He Found Them In-Rivers That Boiled Over With A Furious Metallic Hum Or Were Maternal And Languorous In Their Flow, Rivers That Were Cold And Aloof Or Were Gentle And Seductive In Their Jade Loveliness-He Nevertheless Soon Succumbed To Their Blandishments. Along The Way He Also Learned To Cling To The Footboard Of A Bus, Grappled With Vedantic Unconcern, Failed To Comprehend Krishnamurti, Walked Through Tribal Villages With An Oleaginous Politician In Gold-Embroidered Slippers, Toyed With The Idea Of Becoming Sadhu, Changed His Mind When He Fell In Love, And Questioned The Myth Of Indian Spirituality& Spanning Thirty Years Of Journeying, Seven Sacred Rivers Is An Absorbing, Witty And Informative Travelogue Which Also Serves As A Survival Guide To An Undiscovered India.
Category: Hindu shrines

Waste Management

Author : Bernd Bilitewski
ISBN : 9783662033821
Genre : Science
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A comprehensive treatment of all aspects of waste disposal and management illustrated by numerous practical examples. This English version includes a comparison of regulations in the USA, Canada and Japan, US environmental legislation (both Federal and State) as well as a number of case studies, such as Recycling Hawaii, barge wastes - Mobro 4000, worker safety (OSHA), and pollution prevention - Wisconsin.
Category: Science