गोदावरी हरवली! (Godavari Lost)

Remembering her blissful encounters with Godavari, Sindhu Tai Kadam told,

“आम्हाला आठवतचं  नाही नदी अटाली म्णहून” (We cannot remember that river ever dried at that time).

She very elaborately explains how she along with other villagers used to do farming of melons, watermelons and cucumbers in the floodplains of the river. She suggests, at that time the water of Godavari used to shine like glass, it was that clean. Further, illustrating the riverine ecology she told,

“लय वाळू… भयंकर वाळू… वाळूतून चालायला असा वाटायचं… कावा वाळू संपती, कावा वाळू संपती! इतकी वाळू होती, त्या टाईमला, त्या नदीला आमच्या…” (Huge amount of sand… Too much of sand… While walking in the sand, we used to feel like…when will it end, when will it end. There was too much of sand, at that time, in our river)

I agree, that times have changed and the past cannot be reconstructed. However, the efforts can be made to revive Godavari and to make the river clean, pure, and flowing again, so that even we can share such idyllic encounters with Godavari, with future generations. Moreover, we would be able to handover ‘a living Godavari‘ to them.

*Special thanks to Mrs. Madhumalti Joshi for the recording of interview.
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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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