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This Shivratri, wash down your woes with Gangajal

February 19, 2009
Not a drop to drink?

Not a drop to drink?

The BJP government’s one-track agenda continues with another populist pro-Hindu gesture paid for… by the people, of course.

Never mind the cost of lugging 50,000 litres of Gangajal from Rishikesh or Gangotri or wherever to Bangalore in two tankers, they will be packed in eco-friendly plastic cans and dispensed to grateful devotees.

Fills my heart with piety and joy!

Throughout Bangalore, taps have started to run dry already. And it’s only February. Take a morning drive through Sampangiram Nagar, Maruthi Nagar, Gurappana Palaya, or Okkalipuram, or any of those lavishly un-touristy inner city areas and you can still see long lines of women balancing oversize plastic pots on their hips, taking them home after a long wait at the public tap. Elsewhere, the scene is of queues breaking up into irate mobs chasing water tankers. In Sarjapur and Bellandur, there’s no Cauvery water and residents here are at the mercy of the borewell lobby.

But hey, forget all that for a moment of prayer and piety. A little Gangajal can water down all your problems. And even if you choke on your drop of Gangajal, the doors of heaven will open to receive you. It’s a win-win situation, isn’t it?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2009 8:57 am

    Yes it is. I don’t understand how people can drink that stuff. A bath, barely bearable for religious reasons. A drink, gimme so-called poisonous Coke anyday


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