Rs 6500 crores spent in last 19 years and Yamuna is dirtier than before; getting worse!!

In the last 19 years, Rs 6500 crores have been spent to clean the River Yamuna but it is dirtier than ever.  What one wonders is what happened to that money?  Who pocketed it while the main northern river has gotten worse and worse??Six years back, Delhi Jal Board proposed interceptor sewers to treat sewage before it flows into major drains, but till date nothing has really happened!  Meanwhile the total number of unauthorized colonies in Delhi have risen to 1639 from 1432!  These colonies har … [Read more...]

Amazing Maha Kumbh pictures

Disclaimer:  Drishtikone does not own the copyright of these pictures.  Have taken this from around the web and many thanks to the excellent photographers who brought Maha Kumbh to all of us. [slideshow id=21]  … [Read more...]

Why was the crowd in Allahabad Lathi Charged leading to Stampede?

In an unfortunate turn of events 20 (possibly more) people have died in a stampede in Allahabad.  These pilgrims were there for the Maha Kumbh.Now, I have been looking at many news outlets and except for one, no one is reporting why the railing collapsed?  It is being made out as if the crowd made it happen.  Well, FirstPost says it clearly that a "cane-charge" happened on the crowd in the railway station before the railing gave way. District officials said that a cane charge-prompted stampede … [Read more...]

2 million Russians take a dip in icey cold waters celebrating “Feast of Epiphany” – Russian “Kumbh”?

As India is celebrating the Maha Kumbh, it seems Russians also have something similar - which now has become more of a "Health Benefit" event - thanks to the Ice Water Swimming group people.  But there is a religious reason also.  One difference between Russian practice and MahaKumbh is that Russians don't do to "a place".. they just take a dip wherever they live.More than two million people in Russia celebrated the Feast of Epiphany, taking part in traditional bathing by immersing themselves i … [Read more...]

MahaKumbh 2013: 100 million to Converge at Ganga including Richard Gere, Catherine Jones, Dalai Lama (Pictures)

Mark Twain happened to witness a Maha Kumbh in his life when he visited India. And, this is what he said about his experience:“ It is wondeful, the power of faith like that, can make multitudes upon multitudes of the old and weak and the young and frail enter without hesitation or complaint upon such incredible journeys and endure the resultant miseries without repining. It is done in love or done in fear: I do not know which it is. No matter what the impulse is, the act born of it is beyond i … [Read more...]


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