Mr. Rajendra Singh – Waterman

Question: You recently left a govt. Job. So How was your journey, and what was your motivation to leave the job?

Answer: When you want to serve your country, it doesn’t matter if you have a govt. Job or not. One can make anything easy if he/she has curiosity, commitment, and dedication. I think that I left the government job at the right time because the government job is a very secure service and when one’s life is secured, his/her initiations and appreciations stop. In this show-off kind of life, the initiations and appreciations of one’s get slow, so I think that I put myself in the most challenging position at the right time. When I started my job, I started as a medical doctor, because at that time people were affected by night blindness and I started to cure them. When I cured Mamu kaka, he told me that since you have cured me I have to again resume my duty of going a few km to bringing water. Until then I never realized the importance of water. But when I shifted from Jaipur to a village named Gopalpura, the life and people of that village made me realize that water is more important to them than education and medical health. They taught me to distribute water, made me stop my medical practice, and asked me to distribute water. This means that there is only one work in life and we should sincerely do that work. If I would keep up my medical practice and distributed water, I would not have such a high understanding of water. That is why if one works while keeping the target in front of oneself, the understanding, strength, and creativity increases. It feels really good and I have no regret of leaving the government job, as I couldn’t have done anything for the public.


Question: Many students want to do social work if they want to join you in your current project, is it possible for them?

Answer: Everyone is welcomed as there are no limitations in this kind of works. Anyone who wishes to do this work can do it by joining us. We have a group called ‘Jalbradari’. It works in the whole country, if an engineer wants to work for them, he/she can.


Question: How did you feel about KSHITIJ?

Answer: KSHITIJ is a really good initiative in which teachers and students converse with each other, and these types of dialogues always take a new way. So in KSHITIJ when one starts an open dialogue it suggests a creative action in the minds of students and teachers. It made me realize that such open dialogues are necessary for which students connect their academic studies and learn them because the academic study is good but the questions related to them should be understood correctly. There was a dialogue, I understand it as a bridge between technology and the community’s common future because if the bridge is not there will be no KSHITIJ. If you need to get to KSHITIJ then the way is to work together, by which I mean that there should be a bridge between business and nature, a bridge between technology and the community’s common future, and a bridge between the natural and material world. These bridges make KSHITIJ, so this program is really good.


Question: Currently on what projects are you working and what is your priority?

Answer: I am currently working on a project so that there won’t be a 3rd world water war. There should be no war over water, water teaches us to love not war. But there is some tension over water, so in order to avoid it, I started a journey on world water war peace on 14th April 2014 from Daegu, South Korea, and have visited 60 countries since. I am currently busy trying to figure out a way to stop the 3rd world water war.


Question: What do you think of the current programs on cleanliness started by the government to clean the water?

Answer: Those programs are not up to the mark. If they were proper then, our holy river ‘Ganga’ would be clean rather than remaining so unhealthy. As the rivers of India are unhealthy, the youngsters of India will also become ill. As the health of a woman is based on the health of the river nearby, for example, Kanpur is on the banks of the river ‘Ganga’ on both sides of the river there is an increase in the cancer patients. So, now the way the pollution in the rivers is increasing it is highly dangerous. The liver needs a continuous flow of protein. This flow is the flow of life, of economy, of culture, and of the river. When the flow of the river is not there or is polluted,  then the country’s cultural and economic flow is disturbed. So the river flow has a deep connection with the cultural, spiritual, and economic flow.


Question: Any final message?

Answer: I am in IIT Kharagpur today, it is the oldest IIT in the country. The students are proud to be studying in the oldest IIT of India. Therefore if the students want to keep this goodness maintained, then any organization can’t help, they themselves have to do it. An organization only teaches them, which is not enough, they should implement them also. So I want to say to all the students that if they really want to save their common future, they should understand their exchange with nature and protect it. Thank You!

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