Dear friends,

Even as we share this month newsletter with you, we are also sharing the pain and grief of all those who lost their dear ones in the Uttarakhand tragedy. This immense human tragedy has made us realize that our pilgrimages are meant to be green pilgrimages as well. They should have in them an in-built institutional respect for the grandness of nature. In fact the immense temple that stands at Kedarnath has been meeting such natural ravages from time immemorial and has withstood them all because those who envisioned this shrine also built it in tune with nature. Our pilgrims should be designed in a way and our so-called tourism industry should be made to respect these original values of our heritage that made us do these pilgrims. We along with the families of those who lost their lives in Uttarakhand share the pain and salute all those -primarily our army people- in saving the stranded pilgrims so bravely risking their own lives.