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12 September 2017

Nadi, Nadi, Nadi is a tribute in 8 languages to our sacred rivers, the life lines of our nation. It supports "Rally for Rivers", an initiative by Sadhguru, Founder of Isha Foundation.

India’s rivers are undergoing a drastic change. Our perennial rivers are becoming seasonal. Many of the smaller rivers have already vanished. Flood as well as drought are becoming increasingly frequent, as rivers turn unruly during the monsoon, and vanish once the rainy season is over. The stark facts are 25% of India is turning into desert and in 15 years, we may have only half the water we need for our survival. Ganga, Krishna, Narmada, Kaveri – many of our great rivers are depleting fast. If we do not act now, the legacy we hand over to the next generation will be one of conflict and deprivation. Most major rivers are the subject of interstate water disputes.

The estimates say 65% of our water needs are met by rivers. 2 out of 3 major Indian cities already deal with daily water shortage and will have to pay ten times the normal amount for a can of water. We consume water not just to drink or for domestic purposes but 80% of water is used to grow our food. Each person’s average water requirement is 1.1 million liters a year. Flood, drought and rivers turning seasonal are increasingly leading to crop failure across the country. Climate change is expected to cause worse floods and droughts within the next 25-50 years. During the monsoon, rivers will flood. The rest of the year, drought will follow. These trends are already beginning.

An expert committee of environmental scientists and lawmakers are also in the process of drawing up a draft policy recommendation that suggests a tree cover up to a depth of 1 km on either side of the river; forest trees on government land and fruit trees on farm land to ensure that moisture in the soil and the air feeds the rivers throughout the year. This solution ensures that rivers are restored while also enhancing farmers’ livelihood significantly by gradually shifting from crop to Tree - based agriculture. The availability of fruit also improves nutritional intake among people. Trees help keep rivers perennial, mitigate floods and drought, increase precipitation, mitigate climate change and prevent soil erosion.

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