Priest-Scientist Wins Approval to Clean Up Holy River Ganges

Priest-Scientist Wins Approval to Clean Up Holy River Ganges

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ganges-bathers.jpg“The Ganges, revered as a symbol of spiritual purity for more than 2,000 years, is today a filthy soup. This is especially true in the ancient pilgrimage site of Varanasi, where 32 old pipes on the riverbank disgorge raw sewage into the flow.”

Veer Bhadra Mishra is a scientist, but also a Hindu high priest who is expected to swim daily in the holy river (and does so with trepidation that he may contract a disease). But, “with his spiritual clout in a country that’s more than 80 percent Hindu and his scientific expertise, Mishra has won government approval for a pilot sewage-treatment program that will bring to fruition a 20-year river cleanup campaign.” (Christian Science Monitor has the story/photos )

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