Proposal floated to declare Ganga as UNESCO World Heritage Site
Union Culture Minister, Mahesh Sharma, put forward a proposal to declare the Ganga river as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At a private meeting, Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh and founder of Ganga Action Parivar, took the decision on the matter.
Speaking about the issue, Chidanand Saraswati said, “For millennia, the Ganga has been central to India’s cultural and religious heritage. Now is the time that the holy river is recognised by UNESCO for its intrinsic importance to our world’s cultural inheritance.”
Prior to the meeting, the concept was discussed with the Executive Director of UNSECO, Irina Bokova, when she and Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji were in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit.
“The Ganga gives a cultural touch to the world. From hut culture to high culture, can one imagine our nation without it? For this reason, now is the time that it is formally recognised by UNESCO as it is irreplaceable to global heritage,” propagated Chidanand.
Recently, the Kumbh Mela was formally recognised on UNESCO’s representative list of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.