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January 28, 2012

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I watched these when they came out, and I agree, the films hardly address the immense ecological stress on the Ganga, particularly from municipal and industrial wastes; not to mention the battles over big dams in the upper reaches. However, I really enjoyed the rare wildlife footage that you mention and some other things that I didn't know about (did it have footage of the practice of catching fish with trained otters?). I think this was part of a bouquet of shows the BBC did on the 60th Independence anniversary including Michael Wood's six part "The Story of India" and Sanjeev Bhaskar's journey to his dad's (Pakistani) Punjab village.

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