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George Black on Pollution in the Ganges River

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George Black on Pollution in the Ganges River

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, for a Talks @ Pulitzer with Pulitzer Center grantee George Black who will discuss his reporting on the politics of pollution along India's Ganges River.

For his Pulitzer Center-supported project, "India's Augean Stables," Black focused on Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi's campaign to clean up the sacred-and heavily polluted-Ganges River. Black's story on this topic for The New Yorker examines how the cleanup campaign relates to Modi's background as a militant Hindu nationalist and how it may inflame Hindu-Muslim tensions in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

These tensions are summed up in Black's reporting from two of the most important cities on the Ganges, Kanpur and Varansi. The effort to clean up these two industrial centers' waters sheds light on a question that has always troubled foreign observers of Modi. Is he a technocratic reformer, or is he an unrepentant Hindu nationalist? Or is he both?

In his Talks @ Pulitzer, Black will discuss the possible answers to this question, and what he thinks lies ahead for India's polluted waterways.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016
5:30 PM Reception
6:00 PM Remarks begin

Pulitzer Center
1779 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 615
Washington, DC 20036