The Indian water bomb

A human skull on the banks of river Yamuna in Wazirabad, New Delhi on May 5, 2013. According to some older sects of Hinduism, the human body is immersed in the river instead of burning it, and these toxic remains pollute the river for many years afterwards.

Our beloved and blessed country which is vastly known for its natural beauty and lush rivers and abundance of nature all over the world, however it is really sad that we the citizens of such a beautiful nation aren’t able to protect its beauty. Let’s forget the beauty part we aren’t even able to save our so called holy rivers from being polluted.

A UN report has branded our Indian rivers as a time bomb, from being divine and pure to being a time bomb; we sure have worked hard as a nation. Now this was the emotional quotient I’m talking about, let me back it up with a statistical fact, the truth is India is only able to treat 10% of its waste water which means that 90% of the waste water goes back to the rivers and other water bodies. Now I don’t think I need to explain what this statistics means for the water bodies in the country.

The most cautioning part of this whole engagement is that we are risking the lives of the future generation of this country hence basically strangling the neck of our beloved country with our own two hands. How are we risking the future generation? Well where do you think the polluted water of the river goes, it goes to the houses of so many innocent households that think they are drinking pure water but hardly do they know they are giving basically poison to their children to drink.

It’s really sad when you look at the amount of child deaths in the recent years because of diseases generated due to this polluted water crisis. Children are the most probable targets for these water borne diseases to prey upon since their immunity system is comparatively weak. It is important to understand that if the future generation is at stake then the entire country is at stake, now the question I ask the government is what they are going to do about it? Obviously I understand that the entire burden cannot be laid upon the government and even the citizens have to actively take part in the initiative. However I want to know what happened to the crores of rupees which were directed towards maintaining the water bodies.

Every election we hear someone saying they will take care of the water crisis in the country and that they will get the water bodies cleansed but however this still remains a dream. From a country that use to worship its rivers to a country which still throws garbage bags and washes their clothes in the rivers, it’s high time we realize what we are doing to the nature and the beauty of this country and simultaneously the amount of risk we are putting our future generation in. We need to realize before either nature changes its course or this so called time bomb explodes.


This post is authored by Vignesh Raju who is pursuing his degree in BBA-LLB (HONS). He enjoys reading as a hobby and along with this is avidly interested in debating, elocutions, creative writing, and photography.

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