Naga Sadhus campaign against global warming at Kumbh



Haridwar: Naga sadhus or naked sadhus, who smear their bodies with ash and sport long matted hair, are using the Maha Kumbh Mela here as a medium to campaign against global warming.

Juna Akhara council General Secretary Mahant Hari Giri, speaking to PTI in an interview, warns of an environmental backlash if the world continues to exploit the nature in the manner it is being done now.

Juna Akhara is one of the largest group of Naga sadhus.

"You really can't mess up with the nature and think you can get away with it. The nature is very powerful and can wipe off the human race if it wants to. Be it global warming, droughts or floods, this is the nature hitting back at us for messing with it," Giri, who is currently camping with his members at about 15-kms outside the Haridwar town, said.

Citing China's example, the priest of the Juna Akhara Deepak Puri said, "They fired rockets to bring snowfall. Snow did come but it caused immense harm to the nature. You can't do that without being ready for a backlash."

Puri along with other sadhus will throng the religious town on January 30 to participate in the 'shahi snan' on February 12.

Asked how the Nagas, who are originally a militant armed band, felt about the current military capacity of the country, Giri said, "The country has its defence forces who are doing their duty. We are not part of it any longer. We respect our Constitution." Talking about the main problem facing the country, Giri said increasing price rise is of immediate concern, but the main problem is corruption.

"The price rise...is of immediate concern, but the biggest problem ailing the country is corruption. Price rise is also a result of corruption.

"Many states spend crores on building bridges and roads but...everything exists on paper. Farmers sell their products at nominal rates, which are bought by middlemen who hoard it. This artificially increases the prices," he said.

Replying to a query on which is the best political party to lead the country, he said, "We don't care for any party. Whichever is able to control the prices would be the best political party. As sadhus, we should stay away from politics."

PTI