India Rivers Week

India Rivers Day to be celebrated on Nov 28, 2015 – Letter from Organisers

Dear River Friends,

You may recall many of us celebrated India’s Rivers at the first ever India Rivers Week (IRW) held at the WWF-India Secretariat New Delhi from 24-27, Nov 2014.

IRW 2014 was organized by an organising committee (OC) chaired by Shri Ramaswamy R Iyer and included PEACE Institute Charitable Trust, WWF – India, INTACH, Toxics Link and SANDRP, besides support from International Rivers, People’s Science Institute & Arghyam Trust. One of the key outputs of the event was “Delhi Declaration – Let Our Rivers Live”[1].

The idea of IRW was to continue this activity in some form on regular basis to achieve better future for our rivers. With that objective, the Organizing Committee met and decided to celebrate Nov 28, 2015 as India Rivers Day (IRD). We would like all River Friends in India to celebrate this day in their respective areas in whatever imaginative way they may like to do it to push the idea of conservation and rejuvenation of our Rivers.

India Rivers Week 2014: Bhagirath Samman Award session
India Rivers Week 2014: Bhagirath Samman Award session

Unfortunately on Sept 9, 2015 we lost our founding chairperson, Shri Ramaswamy R Iyer, who had made the IRW 2014 possible with his leadership and guidance.  The OC has accordingly now planned Ramaswamy R Iyer Memorial Lecture as part of the IRD event this year. The said lecture on “Science of Rivers” will be delivered (in Hindi) by Shri Anupam Mishra, who is well known for his advocacy on prudent use of our water resources through numerous ways, including his most famous books: Aaj Bhi Khare hai Talaab and Rajasthan ki Rajat Bunde.

Kindly recall that one of the important outcomes of the IRW 2014 was conferring of the Bhagirath Prayas Samman[2], on two individuals and one organisation. We have decided to continue this and have constituted a jury for the same.

Union Minister Uma Bharti at IRW on Nov 27, 2014
Union Minister Uma Bharti at IRW on Nov 27, 2014

Shri Shashi Shekhar, Secretary, Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation has agreed to chair the IRD 2015 function and to give away the Bhagirath Prayas Samman awards. The function this year is planned to be held at INTACH (71, Lodi Estate, New Delhi) and you all are invited[3]. Do let us know if you are coming.

We have also planned a photo cum poster exhibition focused on the past, present and future of Yamuna River and Shri Kapil Mishra, Delhi’s Water Minister has consented to inaugurate it and to also address and interact with school children on the subject.

We hope you all will also plan some activity or event to celebrate Nov 28, 2015 as India Rivers Day with focus on rivers of your area. This could be a meeting, exhibition, a walk or march along a river, a report, a press statement, blog or article focusing on river/s of your area. Do please write to us about your plans and activities.

Please highlight the Delhi Declaration in your work in this regard, if you have found it to be useful. You could also plan to translate and disseminate the highlights of the Delhi Declaration. Or bring out a report on the current state of your river/s. We will look forward to knowing about your activities, plans and reports!

Suggestions are welcome.

On behalf of Organisation Committee of IRD 2015:

Manu Bhatnagar (INTACH)

Suresh Babu (WWF India)

Ravi Agarwal (Toxics Link)

Jayesh Bhatia (PEACE Institute Charitable Trust)

Himanshu Thakkar (SANDRP)

Sudha Mohan & Manoj Misra, IRD 2015 Convener (

India Rivers Week 2014 inaugural session
India Rivers Week 2014 inaugural session




[3] IRD will not be able to provide any travel expenses or provide any local hospitality, as we are organizing this event on nominal budget.

4 thoughts on “India Rivers Day to be celebrated on Nov 28, 2015 – Letter from Organisers


    Yes my village join the mission To Save River to us River Dabhil Sawantwadi Sindhudurg
    There is a thret to River Dabhil on which Sarmale medium dam project is proposed &,some minor soil work for around three months has been carried out to divert the river course aprox.100 met.+. We protest &found no effect on concerned office /GOVT.
    So we now we are in the Honourable HIGH COURT, MUMBAI . Eventhou work was already stopped due to short of fund & unrest among the villagers,, H.High Court has given interim relief ,to stop work still further orders
    For information &request to our Village Dabhil & it’s JEEVAN DAYEENI MOTHER RIVER


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