The Ganges: Cultural, Economic and Environmental Significance


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The Ganges: Cultural, Economic and Environmental Significance Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Pages: 164 Illustrations and other contents: 90 Illustrations, color; 1 Illustrations, black and white; XXV, 164 p. 91 illus., 90 illus. in color. Language: English ISBN: 9783030791193 Category:

‘The Ganges: Cultural, Economic, and Environmental Importance’ is a geographical, cultural, economic, and environmental interpretation of the Ganga River. The Ganga River originates from Gaumukh- situated in the high Himalaya, flows through the world’s biggest fertile alluvial plain, and inlets into the Bay of Bengal at Ganga Sagar. It makes a unique natural and cultural landscape and is believed to be the holiest river of India. The Hindus called it ‘Mother Ganga’ and worship it. The towns/cities, situated on its bank, are world-famous and are known as the highland and valley pilgrimages. The water of the Ganga is pious, and the Hindus use it on different occasions while performing the rituals and customs. This book is unique because no previous study which presents a complete and comprehensive geographical description of the Ganga has been composed. This book presents the historical and cultural significance of the Ganga and its tributaries. Empirical, archival, and observation methods were applied to conduct this study. There are a total of 10 chapters in this book such as ‘Introduction’, ‘the Ganga Basin’, ‘Geography of the Ganga Basin’, ‘the Ganges System: Ganga and its Tributaries’, ‘Ganga between Gaumukh and Uttarkashi’, ‘the Major Cultural Towns’, ‘Major Fairs and Festivals’, ‘Economic Significance of the Ganga’, ‘Environmental Issues’, and ‘Conclusions’. The contents of the book are enriched by 89 figures, 15 tables, and substantial citations and references.

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Author Biography

Vishwambhar Prasad Sati (b. 1966), D.Litt. and Ph.D., a professor of Geography andResource Management, is currently working at the Mizoram University (A CentralUniversity), Aizawl, India. With a teaching career of about three decades, he has served inseveral higher education institutions within and outside India, some of them being EritreaInstitute of Technology, Asmara, Eritrea (NE Africa), Institute of Mountain Hazards andEnvironment, Chengdu, China, Madhya Pradesh Higher Education, and HNB GarhwalUniversity, Srinagar Garhwal. In the same field, he has deeply been involved in research,and has worked as a Visiting Professor and Visiting Scholar in the worlds variousrenowned research and academic institutions, including The World Academy of Sciences,Chinese Academy of Sciences, Indian National Science Academy, Indian Council of SocialScience Research, and Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Besides, he has travelledwidely 36 countries and all over India. He has an impactful expertise in the fields ofNatural Resource Management, Environment-Development Interface, Climate Change,Rural Livelihoods, Disaster-Related issues, and Culture of the Himalayan region. He hasdeveloped several models and action plans for environmental conservation and economicdevelopment of the fragile Himalayan ecosystems/landscapes. More than a dozen ofnational individual projects and projects with international collaboration have beenconducted by him. With more than 150 research papers and articles, and more than 30books published, his academic contribution is well-documented at national andinternational levels.