Monthly Archives: June 2013

A History under a watery grave


Vagabond Images

What is now a huge reservoir for Tehri Dam in Uttarakhand In India, there not so long ago used to be Tehri town at the confluence of Bhagirathi and Bhilangana rivers. A town with hundreds of years of living history was given a watery grave for a mega hydro-electric project despite all hue and cry by activists & environmentalists. This himalayan belt is already a high-seismic activity area. A strong local movement notwithstanding against brute state power driven by strong urge to have development at any cost, Tehri town alongwith more than hundred odd villages was finally submerged in 2005. Today only history remains…

Overlooking Submerged HistoryAn account from Sursingh Dhar

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Floods Kill 23 In Northern India


Kyle's Daily Bulletin

Devastating floods in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand have killed at least 23 and left thousands stranded, as buildings and roads were washed away.  It has been reported that a further 50 people were missing, but this has not been confirmed.  Uttarakhand is located in the Himalayan foothills, making it highly susceptible to flooding.

The floods could become even worse as the Ganges River and its many tributaries are dangerously close to overflowing, and more rain is in the forecast in the upcoming week.  India relies heavily on the yearly monsoons for agriculture, but unfortunately this makes flooding an almost annual occasion, with loss of life usually occurring.

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Mohanji in Flooded Uttarakhand Not a Coincidence


Experiences With Mohanji

Dear All,

As divinity would have it, Mohanji left for the Himalayas with few people on the 14th of June 2013. Things took a totally unexpected turn when Uttarakhand and the northern region was attacked by torrential rains, landslides and cloud bursts…Mohanji has been sending  there updates of the situation there, soothing the furious nature and stressed people in his unfathomable ways. It is surely not a coincidence that he happened to be there. As he says, “Wherever destiny puts you, be positive and do whatever you can. If you are selfless by nature, the whole universe will support you.” Kindly read on…

“Nature’s Fury : Estimation of 200 plus missing or dead. More than 40,000 people stranded on roads in Uttarakhand. 200 two-wheelers and about 100 cars washed away. Cloud bursts.


Bridges broken. Roads washed away. Children,women and men have no food, shelter or medicines.


Army is trying their best…

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Is a pilgrimage to Badrinath, Kedarnath worth it?



E.R. RAMACHANDRAN writes: In the unprecedented rain that poured in Uttarakhand last week, pilgrims and the government were caught off-guard, resulting in large-scale death and devastation in the abode of the gods: the temple towns of the Himalayas.

With the rivers in spate, roads and dharamshalas washed off, bridges broken, over 50,000 pilgrims, many of them from the Southern States, are said to be stranded in various places such as Kedarnath,  Gauri Kund, Badrinath, Joshimath.

The death toll officially stands at 150, but the casualties may well run into thousands if relief doesn’t reach pilgrims who are stranded. The weather, hilly terrain, official apathy and inadequate infrastructure have all added to the problem and despite the heroic efforts of the Army the toll may rise further.

This brings in its wake the following questions.

Should the elderly take up such a pilgrimage at all?

I know my question…

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Photos: Deadly Flood In India 2013


Ahmad Ali JetPlane

Torrential monsoon rains had caused landslides and bad flood in the northern state of Uttrakhand, India.

At least 100 people were killed.

The flood and landslides washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges and demolished 365 houses and partially damaged hundreds of others.

Nearly 63,000 people were still stranded.

The flooded Yamuna river caused flood in some area in New Delhi.

Please click the photos for larger images:

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देवभूमी ते स्वर्गभूमी! निसर्गनिर्मित की मानवनिर्मित ?




जुन महिना आला उन्हाने होरपळलेली सृष्टी पावसाची चातका प्रमाणे वाट पाहत होती. पहीला पाउस आला खुप आनंद झाला येरे येरे पावसा म्हणत पावसात भिजलो आणि पावसाचे ते रुप बघुन नकळतच म्हंटले “आगाज ऐसा है तो अजांम कैसा होगा”. राहून राहून हा प्रश्न पडतो जर सामान्य माणुस असा पाउस बघुन पुढील पावसाचा अदांज बांधु शकतात तर आपले सरकार आणि आपले लाडके हवामान खाते का सांगु शकत नाही?

पहील्याच पावसात महाराष्ट्रातील रस्ते पाण्याखाली गेले,आस्मानी वीज घरांवर पडुन लोक मेली आणि घरातन वीज गायब झाली भिंती वा दरडी कोसळून जीव गेले.
पुण्यात कात्रज घाटात पावसाच्या पाण्याने तर रस्त्यावर थैमान घातले. डोंगरावरुन येणारया पाण्याच्या लोढ्ंयाने ७ वर्षाच्या चिमुकलीचा आणि तिच्या आईचा जीव घेतला. घटना झाल्यानतंर प्रशाषनाला जाग आली. त्यांनी डोंगर पोखरणारया १-२ उदंराना अटक केली पण खऱ्या घुशी मात्र अजुनही बाहेर मोकाट आहेत.

अशातच टीव्ही वर ढगफुटीची बातमी ऐकली. पण उत्तराखंड,हिमाचल प्रदेश आणि लेह-लद्दाख मध्ये हे नित्याचेच असल्यामुळे दुर्लक्ष केले. पण हळूहळू आता या…

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More from India


Pilgrimage Portal

The human toll from flooding, caused by unusually heavy rains at the start of the monsoon season, is escalating in northern India.  Rescue and relief operations in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand are ongoing as estimated rise to over 500 dead and 5,000 missing.  The extent of the disaster, however, may not be clear until the region has been fully surveyed.

Agencies are said to have rescued 34,000 while 50,000 remain stranded.  The Indian Air Force is dropping food and medicine.  CNN has a images here, and the picture to the right captures the devastation around the temple at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand.  From the Sydney Morning Herald:

Thousands of pilgrims and tourists are sheltering in forests awaiting rescue, almost a week after flash floods and landslides hit northern India, wiping out villages and leaving at least 150 dead, officials say.

Helicopters and thousands of soldiers have…

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Himalayan Tsunami


Maggie's travels

Complete the sentence, “It’s raining m…”

Bet you didn’t guess maggots.

Ever since the rains last week, the air has been a haze. It is a thick, hot, humid cloud that has settled in the valley. The sun glows as a burnished red orange orb over the fog wreathed mountains and the moon hangs in the sky as ethereal misty white gold. In our yoga class, ever since the rains we have been pestered by flies, which is an extra challenge in an already challenging meditation practice. Now, this morning in class, we had maggots dropping from the wooden ceiling.

It’s a kind of ridiculous situation but hilarious in how randomly ridiculous it is.

On a more serious note, the Indian government has begun calling the heavy early rains “the Himalayan Tsunami”. We are living in a yoga bubble, perfectly nestled at a safe distance from both the mountains and…

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Emergency Relief for the Flood Victims of India


A Thousand Metres Above

Dear Friends,

As my newly adopted home of Calgary in western Canada experiences its own flooding, I’m reminded that the situation in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in north India is far worse.

So far 560 people have died with many tens of thousands more displaced and homeless. First hand I’ve experienced how floods can change your life – and this in a country like Canada with stringent regulations, emergency preparedness plans, and many thousands of first responders and emergency personnel. I can’t imagine how difficult the situation on the ground is in Uttarakhand.

Exactly 1 year ago I was in Uttarakhand conducting research in regions now completely destroyed by the flooding. Seeing images of communities and landmarks that I saw just last year, now completely submerged, is saddening.

For these reasons we at ATMA have decided that all money we receive through the sale of the paintings we recently…

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