Flesh-eating turtles to rid the Ganges of decomposing bodies?

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Someone asked me about what she should wear to jump into the Ganges at Varanasi as I said, nah, girl.....

But anyway, these might help eventually (she said facetiously.) What do you think?

"....the government has launched some pretty outlandish plans, including breeding thousands of flesh-eating turtles to deal with the 200 tons of half-cremated, decomposing bodies that Hindus place in the river at Varanasi every year, and commissioning an official pop anthem for the river to rouse patriotic sentiment.

With a growing scandal on its hands, Narendra Modiís government is scrambling to finish planned Ganges projects before the 2019 general elections."

Talk about teenage mutant ninja turtles.
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There are already animals that eat human flesh, namely river dolphins; but they are endangered.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post ....but they are endangered.

yeah, I'm sure the pollution of industrial waste contributes nothing to that.
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Too funny! When we were last in Varanasi - probably 10 years ago - the young man guiding our boat told us then all about the turtles and how they were keeping the Ganges clean. He very sincerely believed it.
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girl, I want to see a BIG MOFO FLESH EATING TURTLE!
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Originally Posted by Sama View Post yeah, I'm sure the pollution of industrial waste contributes nothing to that.
I don't know what you are talking about. The Ganges is always perfectly clean. It has the magical ability to purify itself, never mind what you dump into it. Modi is not a true Hindu if he thinks the Ganges needs to be cleaned. How dare humans aspire to help a godly river?

Seriously, those people who bathe in the putrid water every day actually believe that the water is clean. Faith can enable you to see things that aren't there, and not see what is there. But perhaps it is indeed a miracle that they are able to bathe without dying horribly within 48 hours.
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I did go under the water in Haridwar at the Kumbh Mela in 2010, but Varanasi? Pass me the cholera shot, please.

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