This year’s Purna Kumbh Mela is over and the last of the millions of pious Hindus who had gathered at Prayag have left for their homes.
Prayag, where Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati meet, was till recently a sea of humanity. It now wears a desolate look. All that remains of the spectacular display of faith are the debris of the gathering of the faithful.
This AP photograph by Rajesh Kumar Singh bears mute testimony to how little we care for our rivers which are the living symbols of our civilisational heritage and cultural identity. This is how patit pavani Ganga looks after the Kumbh Mela. It is incumbent upon all Hindu organisations to step forward and clean the river and its banks at Prayag. Leaving that task to a callous district administration and an uncaring Uttar Pradesh Government is not the answer.
Let cleaning Ganga be as much an act of faith as gathering on its banks to celebrate Kumbh Mela.