I am addressing you as Stockholm Water Prize Laureate 2015, as a representative of the many communities and villages who have worked with me and my organisation, Tarun Bharat Sangh (TBS), to revive seven rivers in India. My message is both a celebration of what we have achieved in 30 years of water work and also a recommendation to adopt such work as a solution for floods and droughts across the world.

On finishing medicine school 35 years ago in India, I went to a village with the idea of putting my knowledge into practice and treating sick people. But after working for a time in a remote ...


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