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Ancient burial practice along Ganga riverbanks being used to discredit CM Yogi

An ancient Hindu custom is now being used to spread fake news and target CM Yogi Adityanath and his government who have been managing the Chinese Virus pandemic crisis well. A Dainik Jagran report says that it is customary among some Hindu families to bury their dead along the banks of river Ganga revered by Hindus and images of such buried bodies are being circulated on social media (SM) to present them as Chinese Virus deaths.

Images being circulated as deaths during the second wave of the pandemic are similar to those of the dead who were buried at Prayagraj’s Shringverpur Ghat in 2018, two years before the pandemic began. It is an ancient custom among certain Hindu families to bury their dead here.

As per available information, Hindus who die due to leprosy, snake bites, and other reasons causing untimely deaths are buried along the holy Ganga river banks at several places including Phaphamau, Shringverpur, and other ghats. Even though the custom has been affecting the purity of the river, it is one that has been going on for ages.

85-year-old Rammurat Mishra said that he has been seeing Hindus cremate as well as bury their dead here since his childhood. Another local, Nankhau Pandey said that traditionally those who die of leprosy or untimely death are always buried and not cremated. Some even opt to bury their dead out of compulsion as they might lack the resources needed for the cremation.

Prayagraj District Magistrate (DM) Bhanuchandra Goswami said that their priority is to ensure the protection of the environment and river along with maintaining traditions and making sure that the sentiments of the residents aren’t hurt. He further stated that keeping this in mind they are trying to take the middle path. Many Hindu families are being convinced to opt for cremations and financial help is being extended for the same to the poor.

Priests present at the Ghats say that Hindus belonging to the Shaivite sect continue to bury the dead. They further said that it is an age-old custom among people belonging to this sect that can’t be stopped as it would hurt the religious sentiments of the people. Pillars have been erected to demarcate the area within which burials should be confined.

Here is a video busting the falsehoods being spread by media outlets such as Aaj Tak. 

UP CM Yogi Adityanath who had been in self-quarantine after contracting the Chinese Coronavirus was back in action and has been actively ensuring that the state fights the pandemic effectively.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has toured all 18 divisions in Uttar Pradesh and reviewed Covid management in 40 out of the 75 districts.

According to a government spokesman, the chief minister, who had tested Covid positive on April 14 and was in home quarantine till April 30, began touring the state to review the Covid situation.

During his visits, he went to Covid command centers, hospitals, and villages where he interacted with the local people and took their feedback about the arrangements made for Covid treatment. He also held meetings with officials, doctors, and elected representatives. The chief minister met monitoring committees and interacted with people in containment zones.

“During his divisional reviews, the chief minister praised the efforts of health workers, police officials, ASHA and Anganwadi workers and encouraged them to continue working for the welfare of people,” said the spokesperson.

Even while he was in home quarantine, the chief minister held virtual meetings almost every day and interacted with officials and experts on the Covid situation. He monitored efforts being made to strengthen the medical infrastructure in the state and prepare for the third wave of the pandemic.

“As soon as he tested negative, he went to inaugurate the temporary Covid hospital at Awadh Shilp Gram, built by DRDO, in Lucknow,” the spokesperson said.

A 2018 video says that it is an ancient practice to float dead bodies on the holy Ganga river. It must be noted that this practice has been going on for a long time and predated the current pandemic. Although why this practice has been adopted and whether it should be allowed is a topic for another discussion.

All we can say is while UP CM Yogi Adityanath is proactively taking steps to contain the pandemic, old pictures and videos are purposely being circulated to undermine his efforts and discredit the CM Yogi Adityanath government. The politicization of the entire issue in the backdrop of the UP State Assembly elections next year is hard to miss.

(With IANS inputs)

(Featured Image Source: Dainik Jagran)

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