The Betwa was a natural succession from walking the Ken river. Part of Veditum’s ‘Moving Upstream’ series of projects which aims to walk along Indian rivers to document & understand them, we initiated a fellowship to expand our perspective. A beautiful collaboration materialised with the Out of Eden Walk as partners for this fellowship
When heading out on an adventure like walking along a river, it is standard practice to look at satellite imagery (topographic map prints till very recently) of the area of interest to chart out an informed plan of action. In preparation of our walk along the River Ken, we decided to do the same but couldn’t access a reliable map of the river all the way from source to mouth.
In January 2018, I was invited to TEDxLNMIIT to share my story. The talk was designed considering the immediate audience of young college students, and the general distancing we observe from the cause & effect of human induced climate change. I presented ‘A case for slowing down – Walking along rivers in India’ and the idea behind Veditum.
The talk included a few stories I encountered in different states of India while walking along River Ganga and River Ken. These
SANDRP & VEDITUM
Press Note : 19th April 2018
The Ken is considered to be one of India’s cleaner rivers. It is part of the Ganga basin and meets the Yamuna at Chilla Ghat in Banda District, Uttar Pradesh. To closely understand the Ken, this walk along the Ken was organised by SANDRP – South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People from Delhi and Veditum India Foundation from Kolkata. In the past, these organisations have also undertaken long
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In my head my legs are the extreme ends of a swinging pendulum, repeating the same movements, but surely getting somewhere. In that sense walking long distances is like a physical metaphor of time passing. And when walking in India, you pass through space and time while passing through spaces and times.
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Yes, at moments your feet, as with time, will stop at something. A person,
The Moving Upstream: Betwa program is a new addition to our Moving Upstream project series. This open call is for applicants interested in tracing on foot a certain section of the Betwa River, documenting various facets according to the brief given to them.
The first phase will cover the stretch from the confluence with River Yamuna at Hamirpur upto Orchha. This activity can be undertaken by an individual or more (2 at maximum), keeping in mind the limited
About Moving Upstream:
The ‘Moving Upstream’ series by Veditum is an attempt to document the rivers of India, bringing out first person narratives as well as large scale data archives on the river ecosystem and life of the people of the basin. We hope to bring out this information to the public in an open and easily accessibly format. We’ve already documented a couple of rivers under this project, the results of which will be shared with you
What is happening?
News reports with updates on the government’s plans to interlink Indian rivers have been surfacing on a daily basis. Most reports however, appear to have given up on the idea of exercising any caution or due diligence. This particular piece was triggered after encountering a bunch of articles published in the Indian media on 1st September 2017. All articles come with the same headline and exactly the same text, seemingly syndicated from a Reuters’ report :
This is a guest blog by Nupur Agrawal. She had joined our Moving Upstream project and walked with us for almost 400kms from Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh to Gangotri, Uttarakhand along the Ganga as we documented the river.
In the ongoing movement for gender equality, we feel it is imperative that everyone contributes in creating a more open society with equal opportunities for all. We love Nupur for her courage to challenge the status quo and for breaking gender based barriers.
This post is in continuation to: ‘Finding shade – Walking across India – Moving Upstream‘. These posts attempt at answering one of the most common questions that people ask in relation to our long walks, “how do you manage your stay while walking?”. The first part showed you glimpses from the first leg of the journey through the plains in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.