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The Yamuna, India's most polluted river

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Guardian India correspondent Michael Safi takes a journey along the Yamuna river. Stretching 855 miles (1,375km) across the north of the country, at its source in the Himalayas its water is crystal clear. Subscribe to The Guardian ► http://is.gd/subscribeguardian However, once it streams through New Delhi, it turns into one of the filthiest rivers in the world. Rapid urbanisation is partly to blame, but so is lax enforcement of laws against illegal dumping Become a Guardian supporter ► http://bit.ly/GDNmembers The Guardian ► https://www.theguardian.com Suggested videos: Erica: Man Made ► http://bit.ly/EricaManMade Battle for Mosul ► http://bit.ly/MosulDoc Radical Brownies ► http://bit.ly/RadicalBrowniesFilm Desert Fire ► http://bit.ly/DesertFire 6x9: experience solitary confinement ► http://bit.ly/6x9gdn Gun Nation ► http://bit.ly/GunNationDoc We Walk Together ► http://bit.ly/WeWalkTogetherFilm The last job on Earth ► http://bit.ly/LastJobOnEarth Patrick Stewart: the ECHR and us ► http://bit.ly/PatrickStewartS Guardian playlists: Guardian Bertha Documentaries ► http://bit.ly/GuardianBertha In my opinion ► http://bit.ly/InMyOpinion Owen Jones meets ► http://bit.ly/CorbynJones US elections 2016 ► http://bit.ly/elections2016gdn Guardian Animations & Explanations ►http://is.gd/explainers Guardian Investigations ► http://is.gd/guardianinvestigations The Guardian's YouTube channels: Owen Jones talks ► http://bit.ly/subsowenjones Guardian Football ► http://is.gd/guardianfootball Guardian Science and Tech ► http://is.gd/guardiantech Guardian Culture ► http://is.gd/guardianculture Guardian Wires ► http://is.gd/guardianwires
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Text Comments (19996)
The Guardian (6 months ago)
There seem to be a lot of people commenting on the swastikas. Here's a very old article offering some explanation: https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2005/jan/13/monarchy.simonjeffery1
Robin Lundqvist (24 days ago)
The Guardian lol the swastika is only a geometrical shape. but because of the nazi's nobody can use it anymore.
Ghiffary ZT (26 days ago)
coz they're indian
sweetspot (28 days ago)
+_egas calybird You're dumb. Get the facts and stay off youtube
call6060842 (28 days ago)
You're speaking Hindi when you say 'swastika' so that argument is not so stable. For Millennia (thousands of years) Hindus have used this symbol only 75/80 years ago (very recently in the passage of time) Hitler read a lot on Hinduism & stole the symbol a logo for his reign. India it is seen everywhere before & after silly man with silly face furniture.
AKACS (1 hour ago)
just a quick search in the internet will tell you about microorganisms and their pathogenic effects and that alone is enough to make me overcook foods and keep my hands clean.
Amine Guerfi (2 hours ago)
If you see poverty, diseases, crimes in a country don't wonder why.
UnrealGalaxy (3 hours ago)
we all need to do something......where is the india gang at?
UnrealGalaxy (3 hours ago)
there's just too much visitors
YK D (4 hours ago)
Who allows this idiot westerners on our holy land.kick them out now.
Autobot Robots (4 hours ago)
This video is a doctored video by the west. The west is trying to tarnish image of the country.
no time (4 hours ago)
Weazel Beast (5 hours ago)
2:45 LOL, no wonder he thinks theres tonnes of it :)
Angelo Caballero (5 hours ago)
The reason its polluted is because t series got baptized here
Ice Man (8 hours ago)
Damn india their polluting it's own country and polluting the world with their populations lol... kidding aside but this scene is sad for the next generations...
Mimi M. (9 hours ago)
its sad, but they are also not doing anything to fix it so......
Gtrade Yish (9 hours ago)
They keep on having faith in their gods that does not actually help them but not seeing what us happening and they keep on believing all that is happening has a connection to their prosperity and health
kanchi Khanal (9 hours ago)
When river is treated like God this happens. Start treating river like a river
Matt Williams (9 hours ago)
This is freaking disgusting! I'm done...can't finish this video.
Meme Man (10 hours ago)
Lets Hope T-Series Dies a Ton of This
Asjinga Akangka (11 hours ago)
Why is Indian poisoning their own gods?
Stan Marsh (11 hours ago)
Doesn't make any sense they want clean water then keep throwing garbage at the river dont have any self decipline and just a bit of that common sense. I love nature and I want to drink clean water see Japan this people are need to be more educated. Anyhows what comes around goes around.
Troll fighter Derppp (11 hours ago)
*God has left the chat* *Jesus has left the chat* *Intelligence and hope has left the chat*
John Nash (11 hours ago)
What are we doing???????????? We are all idiots if we do nothing. 🇵🇭
Fausy Math (11 hours ago)
Solution solved, take out your corrupted government control by greedy rich people whose running ur life. Start a revolution end hungers. If you going to die, die trying instead of suffering from hunger.
Khalid Masood (12 hours ago)
I think India need Muslim kings again not bjp or congas,,,,
Mr Shax (13 hours ago)
India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and yet it's rivers and streets are strewn with filth. To think that people actually bath and drink this toxic cocktail of industrial and human effluence simply beggars belief.
Alisha maria Da silva (13 hours ago)
This comment section kills me all the time.😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂!!! Every country has their problems..yes some countries might be better off in terms of hygiene,living qualities,jobs etc!!! But that doesn't compare to the fact that its a major issue everywhere..so instead of people depending on their government to do everything...the people of those same areas.should come together and cooperate.. Better will be done..but some people just are according to the dependency ratio...I don't think one should feel offended when being told about their dirtiness. Instead they should try to do better..not only for the benefits of others but for themselves also...!!! 😊😊😊
Ruby Bosworth (13 hours ago)
This made me throw up in my mouth
Santana S (13 hours ago)
The must clean that river because it will become an environmental problem not only for them, but for everybody. I can start to smell India from NYC like the guy on the ship.
Alexander Reyes (14 hours ago)
I’m sorry Mother Nature
So who's at fault?
kathy pinto (21 hours ago)
I feel like that water is a major contribution to the high rate of birth defects there.
darknight (23 hours ago)
Geo 94 (1 day ago)
Whell they are gipsy, of course they are dirty :))
Diamond Ace (1 day ago)
I wouldn't be surprised if some freakin sea monster emerged from there and wreaked havoc. 😂😂😂
Seeing others comment that India is the most disgusting country fine ! But if you have been to South India especially Coorg and Ooty you would understand that it is the cleanest please stop ✋ hate commenting if you have a problem with it better shut your mouth 🤐 and nobody asked for your reviews people im replying because of your hate comments as an Indian I am ashamed but not all of India is dirty.
Medena Vita (1 day ago)
instead of praying and having a good time on the rivers birthday they can go and clean it up. what a bunch of filthy limited ignorant people
Archee Unixta (1 day ago)
the pollution in air and water. need 2 b removed d government sucks
John Smith (1 day ago)
Indian government could create a lot of jobs keeping the river clean, cleaning the land. They could try making cremation more affordable with all that nuclear they have... Revolutionize cremation and make it cheap so people don't throw half burned bodies in the river. I guess focusing of nuclear weapons an jacking off is good enough.
Arun Shankar S (1 day ago)
Yamuna is Krishna's sakhi and Ganga's sister according to Hindu mythology. Krishna is said to have fallen in love with Kalindi, and used to roam on its banks. And look at the river now. If only Hindus corrected their behavior, India would have been an entirely different place. :(
Katerina Rose (1 day ago)
Bath in the river and you drink the same water. 😕🙍
Pale Feather Valdez (1 day ago)
They don't even have in door bathroom, plumbing...
Cave Johnson (1 day ago)
It's funny how quick people are when it comes to judging other countries. There are pros and cons of every country. This video shows one of the worst problems in India, in extremely rural and backward places. The entirety of India obviously isn't like this dumb fucks.
Mikey Tarnow (1 day ago)
Rest of the world: I need clean water...HOW does India not care? India: Hold my beer...
Gamer XMON (1 day ago)
8:56 i cant believe they were taking shits out in the open like that wtf?!
Blumpkin Pumpkin (1 day ago)
India government is not doing anything about this? Crazy.
Over population scares me. There are Indians that care and would like to clean up. Unfortunately they can't keep up with all the people that don't care and eventually lose hope and become part of the problem themselves.
Francisco Medina (1 day ago)
Jacky Shen (1 day ago)
While Shanghai was called little Mumbai.....
Sofia Martinez (1 day ago)
Their religion is blinding them from the truth, this is why I am an atheist.
علي مانع (1 day ago)
I love you Japan Even the name So clean
kathleen halhead (1 day ago)
BBB BBB (1 day ago)
Now i know why thanos snapped..
Secret Osborne (1 day ago)
Indians are the nastiest people in the world!! That’s a main reason why I don’t eat Indian food.
Jordan See (1 day ago)
So many Indians making money in the USA send some back lol
Denzerson (1 day ago)
In fact, india is one of the dirtiest citys on the earth!
Anthony Silva (1 day ago)
These people live like animals.
Anatoliy Bumburyak (2 days ago)
They need to stop praying and start cleaning.
Rhyss Dasma (2 days ago)
The Pasig, Philippines most smelliest river
Vikram Rajpurohit (2 days ago)
Really Yamuna is most polluted river. I don't know what our Delhi govt is doing. They must make a saprete way for thus factory chemical, dust and dirt. I am from Rajasthan and I really hope our Delhi people's do something good thing for saving this river. I know there are already many NGO working but we must pressure on our government to save this holly river. Really very painful.
Spellsword Paul (2 days ago)
I love India and its people but it seems like 3 major things need to be tackled: 1. Treatment of women 2. Corruption 3. Environmental pollution India must fix these issues. Jai Hind!
Jonah Jameson (2 days ago)
Aviation Gaming (2 days ago)
Some Indians say that India is the best country, even tho India is the most polluted and highest murder rate in the world and they called it the best lmaooooooo
Logan Graham (2 days ago)
9:32-9:36 ummmm should someone tell them...
for Theboys (2 days ago)
Kathika Das (2 days ago)
Used condom, everything will be fine
Kathika Das (2 days ago)
Add some milk in water to make it clean 😂😂😂😂😂
David N (2 days ago)
It's no wonder mowgli choose to live deep in the jungle with the animals.
wisnu azimuth (2 days ago)
they just dumping everywhere, do they now something called a trash bin
H Burns (2 days ago)
9:09 anybody notice jesus in the background
T Bradley (2 days ago)
Consider it to be a god but throw trash in it , ok India lol...all these ppl wanna do is follow and worship something how about come together and devise a plan how to fix the beloved river 🙄🙄🙄🙄
hamid bozorg (2 days ago)
in sydney australia people fom india living in a area call harris park if you go there its not clean area rubbishesh every where they dont like live clean
GoobyOOFer (2 days ago)
best water to kill yourself
steve Escobar (2 days ago)
Makes a mockery of the environment taxes imposed on us in the west. It’s a joke and a rip off. Down with climate nonsense, globalism and the nanny state. Brexit now
Daniel Barry (2 days ago)
Tractor trailer load of Dawn Dish soap wouldn’t help it....
Nunpuii Ralte (2 days ago)
I lived in India full of dirts 😂
Jessica Nowacki (2 days ago)
this is a great film.:)
M K (2 days ago)
Isn't this the same country where a guy just threw a 100 billion dollar wedding for his daughter? Talk about the gap between rich and poor...
pikachuu B (2 days ago)
Well I'm an Indian. But must say that it's these people living there are the main reason for this tragedy. It's a serious problem not only for humans as well as for every living being near to the river. Government and citizens of these areas should've to work together in order to giving second chance to the river and themselves too.
soyo Severiche (2 days ago)
Why this country is so dirty 🤔
Aulendil The Great (2 days ago)
poo in loo
Pablo Tfsi (2 days ago)
So true!
The problem is overpopulation. There are way too many indians, so obviously their country can't hold up with all the waste they produce, which ends up in nature. India needs a one child policy and also promote birth control. Otherwise our world will be overrun by indians, i mean look at canada and UK, its a indian colony at this point.
Sweet & Salty (2 days ago)
One thing that I don't understand is that they have the chance to clean up, however they choose not too! WTF honestly, I hate of when religion over powers over logic.
John Wilson (3 days ago)
These people are parasitic scumbags. Being poor is no reason for being dirty /lazy and just a scumbag loser.
Ajin Ashta (3 days ago)
Everything is polluted in India
Marcus Melee (3 days ago)
2:42 does he want to throw this onto his raft?
Amsyar Ahmad (3 days ago)
Change mentality first. Indian mentality..
yeah,cleaning is very important and most importantly cleaning in a polluted water.
Clay Boi88 (3 days ago)
Was that a nazi symbol I saw at the end?
Frasier (2 days ago)
The swastika is a religious symbol.
manuel meza (3 days ago)
Hinduism is Indias #1 problem, like Catholicism for Mexico. Then Ignorance which India and Mexico are #1 and 2 respectively.
manuel meza (3 days ago)
+Rohit K ??
AlfaPower (3 days ago)
9:32 nice hitler!
Frasier (2 days ago)
The swastika is a religious symbol.
XEZ (3 days ago)
india is last place i woud want to visit .......too dirty , weird,many scavengers ,thiefs........look at their faces , they expect u to turn back and they hit u for your money .......it is a lost cause.
Champ_223 (3 days ago)
I know next to nothing about indian culture/beliefs but was that a swastika at 9:30?
Frasier (2 days ago)
The swastika is a religious symbol.
Zorro (3 days ago)
They need education and money.
Jeanne K (3 days ago)
1.3 billion people in India...maybe the water really IS special! :-/
JD LaMaT (3 days ago)
T Series
Alfonso Munoz (3 days ago)
"People who are responsible for the death of a river, they have to be punished"... So in other words, punish 50 million people. BTW, remind me never to go to India.
TripZone_ Avatar (3 days ago)
Why not leave the trash on the land, and humans activites... and save the water for drinking and sea food... poor Earth. Hurts my heart.
Dirt Productions (3 days ago)
T series is a very dirty boy
Acta est fabula (3 days ago)
Indian people are useless to this world.Stupid and ignorant.
LAVA BOY (3 days ago)
Philippines is Nice im Filipino

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