...while some Harvard students make Sangam their study ground
The group’s visit is part of the first-ever research initiated by the HBS, which will look at organising the Kumbh Mela in all its entirety. The basic question being asked: “How on Earth is an event of this size possible?”
Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, at least four different branches related to urban designing, public health, sanitation and environment of the HBS have been working on Kumbh for the past few months and the final results are likely to be out some time later this year. The research is likely to produce a huge database on Kumbh, which has largely been dealt with on the basis of estimates so far.
Issac Dayno, one of the students of HBS and a member of the group led by Prof Diana Eck, had this to share, “I have been meeting people with the question as to whether salvation can be attained by bathing in a river the water of which is polluted. And there are so many answers.”
For instance, Dayno says, he met a Swami who did not bathe in Ganga because of the water quality. “But then, I met other people who said that they had no problem with the water. They believed that the
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