Live Coverage Day 24 – Rally For Rivers, Lucknow


The morning of 26th September, Lucknow woke up to melodious music and a massive movement - Rally for Rivers. For the first time, two yogis took center stage to bring people's attention to the imminent danger the nation faces - our dying rivers. The two of them spoke in an “In Conversation” style, but uniquely, it was not only Sadhguru who answered questions, but he also posed questions to the Hon'ble CM. It was an interesting interaction, and the CM used every opportunity to express his gratitude to Sadhguru for conceiving this rally, which is the dire need of the country at the moment.

The Gomti river, which traverses Lucknow, and the Ganga river, the pride of UP, are the rivers in focus for this state, and Yogi Adityanath spoke about the work going on to revitalize them. This is mainly part of the Namami Gange project, which involves all the five states through which the sacred river flows. Sadhguru was grateful for the UP government's support as this is the most populous state in India, and thereby in a position to contribute the largest chunk towards the rally vote bank.

To see young children come in droves to cheer for the rally was an indication that the message was trickling down to the next generation, which is critical for the long term fruition of the policy. Many came up on stage to ask Sadhguru questions about the rally and the policy. One group, students from Millennium School, even put up a special skit on water conservation. That this issue becomes part of daily conversations and activities of children is key towards keeping the fire burning until we bring back our rivers to their former glory.

The beautiful music performances put together by Mohit Chauhan in his sufiesque tone, along with Sounds of Isha, was a great way to start the morning and the rally in Lucknow, which ended with the invocation of the Nadi Stuti by Sadhguru, as has become customary at every event.

The rally moves on to Rajasthan, a state world-renowned for its state of desertification. In 24 hours we will know where this state is placed on the Rally for Rivers continuum, but if we go by the past trend, we certainly have a good feeling.