Jaipur, Jan 28 (PTI) Indians are killing the Ganga and the river in turn is killing them, writer and journalist Victor Mallet said, highlighting an attitude of neglect towards the river. Also Read - SpiceJet to Launch 20 New Domestic Flights, 16 to Connect Jaipur With Other Cities

He was speaking during a session at the Jaipur Literature Festival. Also Read - Jaipur Introduces Astro Tourism in The Pink City, Know All About it

“Indians worship rivers, particularly the Ganga, because of its life-giving properties. Rivers give water and have spiritual significance. If you kill the life-giving force, you kill divine nature,” he said. Also Read - Now, Gaze at Mars, Venus and Stars as Night-Sky Tourism Kicks Off in Jaipur

“The Ganga is a living river. Indians are killing the Ganga, and the Ganga in turn killing Indians. This is what is happening,” he said.

Speaking at the session ‘River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India’s Future’, he recalled that Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign had praised the river and promised to organise a clean up its polluted water.

However, the writer of ‘River of Life, Rive of Death’, noted that not much has been achieved so far.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.