Goal


Maintaining the unparalleled respect and faith in Ganga Ji as the thread linking all those belonging to or admiring Indian culture, Ganga Ji’s natural flow unaltered by any human intervention free from all dams and other obstructions and unpolluted flow devoid of industrial and urban pollution; Ban on the encroachments on flood plain and neighbouring area, restriction on the commercialization of Ganga water and conservation of the civilization and culture situated on the banks of Ganga.

Background


Apprehensive of the possibility of the British completely damming the flow of Ganga at Bhimgauda in Haridwar, Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya set up the Ganga Mahasabha in 1905. Due to Mahamana’s efforts a massive public protest arose against the damming of Mother Ganga and the British government had to buckle under the pressure. In 1916 an agreement was entered into with the British government that:
1. In future, the unchecked flow of Ganga will never be stopped. (the 1916 Agreement, clause 32, para-I)
2. No decision on Ganga will be taken without the consent of the Hindu community. (the 1916 Agreement, clause 32, para-2)
Under Mahamana’s leadership the-then Indian princes and Lala Sukhbir Singh, the general secretary of Hindu Mahasabha, signed this agreement. This agreement is even today preserved under section 363 of the Indian Constitution, but something that the British government could not do has been done by the governments of free India. Violating this agreement, Mother Ganga has been completely imprisoned in various dams including the Tehri dam. Compared to 1916 the present crisis is extremely grave because today due to pollution, encroachment, global warming and commercialization the very existence of Mother Ganga has come under question. Therefore in 2005 the Ganga Mahasabha was restructured. After the restructuring Ganga Mahasabha has been playing the leading role in coordinating mass movements, public awareness campaigns and various other efforts to protect Mother Ganga.

Idea


Ganga is the symbol of all the rivers of India. All the rivers of the country should flow incessantly and unpolluted. All the rivers should be free from encroachment. The historically distinctive Sanatan cultures of the banks of these rivers should continue to flourish is what Ganga Mahasabha has in mind. Just as Ganga does not discriminate, Ganga Mahasabha respects and supports all streams of Indian culture.

Program


To fulfill these aims, Ganga Mahasabha organizes conferences embracing Indians of all-religious and cultural streams, scientific seminars and various programs involving cultural peers, environmentalists and volunteer organizations on various occasions. In exceptional circumstances mass protest movements and judicial process are resorted to.