Interview with Madhumalti Joshi – Part 2

Author of ‘Mi…Gautami Ganga’, Mrs. Madhumalti Joshi is a typical Indian housewife, who is passionate about rivers. Her passion for the river was not limited to her aspiration of living in the vicinity of the river. Like, the fluidity and unpredictability of the river, her passion took the shape of belonging and stewardship towards the rivers. Thus, along with her husband and support of her family, she began traversing with the twirling and turning course of the Godavari.
The book ‘Mi..Gautami Ganga’ is a biography of Godavari, where she is oscillating between her past and present. On the one hand, Godavari is reminiscing over the purity, sacredness, and harmony of the past, while on the other hand, she is saddened, troubled, and upset about the changing outlook of the humans towards herself. The book is full of beautiful anecdotes from various sites, referring to several religious, socio-cultural, economical, and political interactions of communities with the river.

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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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