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An unhappy mix in happy times

Posted by Shreyans Jain Tuesday, 26 March 2013 0 comments

The festival of colours, Holi, brings with it vibrancy and prosperity and the different colours blend together for an epochal reorientation of life. This festival is of great significance to the youth and the gujiya (an Indian sweet) lovers. And why not? After all, it is the time to throw all barriers to the winds, shun all the past grudges and embrace each other irrespective of one’s gender, caste or creed. This festival is undoubtedly an occasion to strengthen one’s bonds with others but the way this festival is being celebrated among the youth today has overshadowed the true message and spirits it brings with it.

Even after so much public outrage over the recent gangrape and subsequent murder of an innocent young girl in the Capital, it seems we have failed to learn any lesson. In fact, for most of the errant young people, Holi is an opportunity to attack the dignity of young females. In nearly every street, girls may be seen pleading before these perverted brains to let them go freely to their destination. But who cares? Throwing balloons, colours, rotten eggs and other filth on those passing by has become a morbid craze for them. Be it schools, colleges, market place or even outside the Metro stations, there is no security for females and young children. Consequently, those who are unwilling are harasses by the unknown and dragged into their ‘celebrations’.

No only this, the amount of fresh water that is wasted is enormous. Even after being enlightened deeply about the water crisis our country is facing, we fail to practice what we preach. One requires a lion’s heart to see gallons and gallons of fresh water running sown the drains before one’s own eyes. And the type of industrial chemicals that are being sold these days as pucca rang (dark colours) add to both air and water pollution, leave alone the harmful effects they have on one’s skin.

Of late, it has been observed that there is a spurt in crimes and anti-social activities like eve-teasing, molestation, road rage while drunken driving et cetera during the day of Holi. Why is the devil inside us trying to overpower the human in our soul?

The purpose of this article is not to dissuade anybody from celebrating this festival. We should celebrate Holi with great enthusiasm and splendour. But at the same time, we must exercise some caution. Avoid compelling those who are unwilling to be a part of your celebrations. Learn to respect the dignity of others. Minimise the use of dangerous colours and chemicals as far as possible and do not waste water unnecessarily by filling water balloons. Use a bucket of water and a pichkaari instead. Most importantly, don’t drink and drive. Instead of blaming the Police in the aftermath of any accident, try to take all necessary precautions at your end and abide by the law.

We as a nation have embarked on the road to development and are ahead of several ‘modern’ nations. But, let us not on our way forget our moral values or denigrate our culture.

I wish all my dear citizens a very happy and colourful Holi!



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