Chambal river, protected by a curse, faces the modern world
Source: The Economic Times, Date: , 2015
For many centuries,
it was a curse that saved the river.
It was a series of curses, actually,
a centuries-long string of unrelenting bad news in this rugged, hidden corner
of northern India's industrial belt. There was an actual curse at first, a long
held belief that the Chambal River was unholy. There was the land itself, and
the more earthly curse of its poor-quality soil. And above all there were the
bandits, hiding in the badlands and causing countless eruptions of violence and
fear. But instead of destroying the river, these things protected it by keeping
the outside world away. The isolation created a sanctuary.