KATHMANDU: Conservationist Bindu Bhushan Dubey from the Indian state of Jharkhand has devoted his life to the conservation of nature and protection of mother earth.
Also the National President of Akhil Bharatiya Shanti Pratishthan, Dubey is currently working as a campaigner of Clean India Mission launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He is currently in Kathmandu to ‘take stock’ and discuss the environmental issues including Nepal’s river, has been untiringly involved in a mission of making river Ganga clean.
“Cleanliness in the Ganga is going great,” he says during a conversation with Khabarhub in Kathmandu. He, however, raised concern over some obstacles that he has been coming across in his campaign in Uttar Pradesh.
Dubey said more than 1000 leather industries have been draining out filthy water from the factory directly to river Ganga making the river polluted and dirty in a stretch of over a hundred kilometers.
“Here, by saying so, I am not blaming anyone or a certain section of the people. My concern is that they slaughter old animals for leather where they process,” he said adding that people of the area, mainly the factory owners, are not cooperating in his campaign to make river Ganga clean and shining.
Dubey, who wants thee leather industries to be relocated to some other areas, said it is high time that all concerned took it seriously and to create public awareness to save river Ganga, as well as the world’s environment.
He praises Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiatives to save the environment. “See, how PM Modi himself is taking the initiatives to clean river Ganga and taking forward his campaign of making a clean India,” said Dubey, who is also a motivational speaker on environmental issues.
PM Modi’s campaign has been taken as an issue of prestige by every Indian citizen now.
Dubey suggested one and all change the mindset and to make a resolution to conserve the environment, water and mainly the earth.
Asked whether Nepal and India can work together to addressing the issue, Dubey suggested that both the government of Nepal and India need to initiate joint efforts for the conservation of water and nature.
“Besides initiatives at the government to government level, people-to-people discussions and initiatives should also be taken simultaneously,” he suggested.
According to him, the waters of Koshi which flow into river Ganga and then into the Bay of Bengal have not been utilized.
“We need to prepare an action plan for proper cleaning of Ganga and the Koshi as well as proper distribution of water for needy people and inter-linking of all rivers between India and Nepal,” he said.
All concerned stakeholders need to cooperate and coordinate one another by ending the blame-game, according to him.
He also raised serious concern over the melting of glaciers and suggested people and authorities to start planting trees.
“We need to teach the new generation about nature, and its conservation, and the five major elements — sky, water, fire, air, and earth, which are the reasons to be alive.
Dubey suggested discarding plastics to save the earth and urged all world leaders to assemble on a single stage for nature conservation saying 5 Ws – wings, world, water, wasteland, and woods are in danger.
He has a message to the people of the world to unite for nature conservation. “Or else, we will be finished.”