Yamuna River

The Yamuna – uncertain river

The river will now be cleaned, not as an ecological river, but as a glittering necklace fit for the city’s new found status. What will however flow even then is treated sewage, not fresh water. The river may be cleaned, but it will not be the river it is or meant to be. It is nature as a commodity, and as part of a global commerce.

The river has become a metaphor for contemporary times. It ecological functions are being converted to ornamental ones. Nature which shaped the city once, is now being shaped by contemporary relationships of capital and power, instead of as a democratic idea of a common future.

Ravi Agarwal
Nov 2010

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