Tuesday, September 12, 2017

'Yatras and yatras'....by K.J.S.Chatrath

There is the famous and venerable annual Ratha Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri, Odisha which I have had the privilege of witnessing a few years back. Another very famous 'yatra' is the 'Char Dham Yatra' which I have done four times in my 74+ years of life and want to do it just one more time.

And then in recent times there have been other types of 'yatras'.

A few years back we had Mr. L.K.Advani doing his 'Rath Yatra' and we all remember what happened.

And now we are having a 'yatra' by the 1/2 Nobel Prize awardee Mr. Kailash Satyarthi for focussing attention on child trafficking. He is an innocent and naive person with such hackneyed ideas that one does not want to say anything against him.

Two years back we had a huge get together organised by one Mr. Mr. Ravi Shankar on the banks of Yamuna river in Delhi for sensitizing people on the need of saving environment. That in the bargain he earned a fine from the National Green Tribunal for harming the ecology of Yamuna, is another matter. And still another is the matter that he refuses to pay that fine.

And now we have a Motor Yatra by another Guruji - Mr. Jaggi Vasudev.  He is very articulate in English and has an organisation named 'Isha'. The aim of his 'yatra'  or as it is being euphemistically  called 'rally for rivers' is to give a new lease of life to rivers. It is being supported by some corporates. Would this really help? Don't ask me for we all know the answer.

Enough of  'yatras', I would like to say.

With all these 'yatras' what will happen to travel websites like 'yatra.com'...may change its name?

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May like to see my earlier blogs on this topic: 

 'Oh No, Not Another "Rath Yatra", http://anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in/2011/09/oh-no-not-another-rath-yatra.html ; Friday, September 9, 2011

'Et tu, Nitish Kumar ji? http://anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in/2011/09/et-tu-nitish-kumar-ji.html ; Friday, September 23, 2011

 'Oh No, Not Another "Rath Yatra"? http://anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in/2011/10/oh-no-another-rath-yatra.html Monday, October 10, 2011

'Advani & yet another 'rath yatra'... http://anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in/2013/05/advani-yet-another-rath-yatra.html ; Monday, May 6, 2013

'Shri L K Advani- Padma award' ; http://anaap-shnaap.blogspot.in/2015/01/shri-l-k-advani-padma-award.html ;