Sunday, April 17, 2005

Kali ...without cause - there is no effect...

March 16, 2005 From Indiatime website
The Great Indian Flood of 2010
Lord Rama's ancestor King Bhagiratha is said to have brought the Ganges from heaven to the earth, basically to purify the ashes of his own ancestors. Sadly, Bhagiratha's descendants and their buddies around the planet have been wreaking such havoc with nature for a couple hundred years, that the Goddess Ganges is all set to disapppear back to the heavens.
The latest report by WWF on the health of Himalayan glaciers is not just alarming and scary, but it has the potential to change the history and geography of the Indian subcontinent within the next few years. The report states that the Himalayan glaciers are now receding at a very rapid pace of almost 15 meters per year.
This will initially cause widespread flooding in the region covered by the glaciers (basically the basins of Ganges, Brahmaputra, Indus), and will eventually lead to rapidly declining water levels with widespread drought. The implications are catastrophic.
The Himalayan glaciers are the largest body of water outside the polar ice caps and they cover an area of about 3 million hectares. The basin of the Ganges river supplies water to 10 percent of humanity. Even by modest estimates, the glacier area will shrink to less than one-fifth its current size in the next 25 years.
The recent Tsunami disaster brought home the consequences of the inactivity and procrastination on the governmental side. If nothing is done, India and its neighboring countries will face an apocalyptic threat from the vanishing Himalayan glaciers. First, the great flood of 2010 and then the prospect of the great Ganges desert. Long live Bhagiratha!