100 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi criticized people for polluting rivers, other water bodies, air
- In 1909 in his book ‘Hind Swaraj’, Gandhiji cautioned Indians against unrestricted industrialism and materialism.
- He said - "The earth, the air, the land and the water are not an inheritance from our forefathers but on loan from our children.
- So we have to hand over them at least as it was handed over to us.
- He believed that India, with its large population and western model of development may exhaust the resources of mother earth.