Dr. Kailas Kamod in conversation with the Godavari of his Memories (माझी खड-खड वाहणारी गोदावरी आता कुठे गेली?)

माझी खड-खड वाहणारी गोदावरी आता कुठे गेली?

On 16th December 2017, the 4th edition of Godavarishi Gappa-Tappa began with the reminiscence of the tunes of Godavari flowing through the city of Nashik. As Dr. Kamod started recollecting his encounters with Godavari – of swimming in it, playing with it, or sometimes just watching it – his excitement and enthusiasm turned into disgruntlement and anger. This displeasure was directed towards the society, and the way society has treated their lifeline – the Godavari.

Narrating his experiences, very illustratively he put forth that there is a huge gap between the Godavari, which we worship and the one which exploit on a daily basis. Elaborating this he says:

Since the rivers are sacred for us, thus, there is a Ganga in our minds, and in reality, there is one another Ganga. I worship the Ganga of my mind, and consider it very pure and sacred… Similarly, we celebrate the religiosity of Godavari symbolically… but we do not respect the materiality of the river, thinking that – let us clean the river, remove the encroachments along the banks, and let the river flow properly… By elaborately emphasizing the religiosity of Godavari, we consider ourselves to be free to pollute the river in any way we want.

Through these experiences, he wanted to suggest that there is an urgent need to bridge the gap between the tangible and intangible realities of Godavari.

*Dr. Kailas Kamod is an eminent physician and writer, based in Nashik. Few his significant books are ‘Majha Nashik’ and ‘Discovery of Nashik’.

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I am an architect turned anthropologist. After finishing my Masters in Anthropology from University of Pune, I was working with Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune under a project funded by UNICEF and Integrated Child Development Scheme, Government of Maharashtra. During which I was stationed in Nandurbar District of Maharashtra (which is predominantly a tribal region) as a Field Research officer. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali, India. My current research explores the interaction of the cultural-religious, the political-economic and the ecological dimensions of the river in Nashik city in Maharashtra. Broadly, investigating how the multiple perspectives of a natural resource overlap, contradict, challenge and support each other, thus shaping the urban landscape and producing socio-spatial inequalities.

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