Drinking, bathing, praying, playing: Indian's sacred Ganges river is important for millions of people. But it is suffering badly from the effects of pollution, and the government has promised to clean the river up. Can the sacred mother of Hinduism be saved?
Hindu devotees are silhouetted as they take a holy dip at the Sangam - the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati, in Allahabad.
AFP Photo : Sanjay Kanojia
By GARDINER HARRIS
Many children in India are exposed to a bacterial brew from human waste that may make it impossible for food alone to cure their malnutrition.
On the banks of the Ganges River in northern India lies Kanpur, the biggest producer of leather products in the country. Its success comes at significant environmental and social cost, with toxic chemicals released into local waterways poisoning farmland and causing residents an array of health problems