Dying "Mother Ganga": India's holy river succumbs to pollution

Dying "Mother Ganga": India's holy river succumbs to pollutionBy Danish Siddiqui DEVPRAYAG/VARANASI/SAGAR ISLAND, India (Reuters) – India’s holy Ganges begins as a crystal clear river high in the icy Himalayas but pollution and excessive usage transforms it into toxic sludge on its journey through burgeoning cities, industrial hubs and past millions of devotees. Lokesh Sharma, a 19-year-old priest in Devprayag, a small hill town where two rivers converge to form the Ganges, is his family’s fourth generation to lead riverbank prayers. Devprayag is a heaven for me.



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