Nashik owes its existence to Godavari, even then the existence of the Godavari is becoming extinct in the public conscience. The coming of dams, bridges and piped-water system have grossly transformed our interaction with our rivers. Similarly, Godavari in Nashik is becoming the backyard of the city which is despised, disowned, ignored and forgotten by the city population. It is high time now, we should recognize our mistakes and start afresh by taking selfless steps to preserve and conserve Godavari. Let us begin by initiating a dialogue with Godavari through a venture of ‘Goda Parikrama’, as a step towards reconnecting the long-lost threads of affection towards Godavari.
Shilpa Dahake News Reporter
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.