Maori should adopt this idea quick smart

Bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges.

Bathing in the holy waters of the Ganges.

Maybe this is why Maori are making a play to control water?

The Indian government believes it has found a new revenue source: It will bottle and sell water from the holy, and filthy, Ganges River online.

For years the government has been racking its brains to save the national post office given email, mobile phones and courier services have almost killed letter delivery revenues.

The plan is to sell water from the holy river through a government portal to Hindus who can have a bottle of Gangajal (Hindus call the Ganges “Ganga” and “jal” is water) delivered to their homes by the postman.  

On Monday, Ravi Shankar Prasad, who is minister for Telecom and IT but also heads the Postal Department, told journalists the idea killed two birds with one stone: It would revive the post office’s revenues while serving the “cultural needs” of the people.

“I used to get enquiries asking why we can’t use the network of India Post to deliver Ganga water. I have directed the Department of Posts to utilise the e-commerce platform and make the arrangement for providing pure Gangajal from Haridwar and Rishikesh (holy places for Hindus) to people. They have assured [me] that they will take pro-active steps to address these cultural needs,” said Prasad.

The idea makes business sense because the demand for Ganges water is phenomenal. Hindus believe that a dip in the waters of this river can cleanse them of all their sins. India’s longest river, the Ganges is an icon of the Hindu faith and revered by all Hindus without exception.

It might cleanse them of all their sins, but they may well end up with some sort of awful disease. I’m sure if a European dipped into the water they die instantly.

Dog eating a dead cow floating on the Ganges

Dog eating a dead cow floating on the Ganges



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