‘Green Diwali’ is a word whole nation seems to be discussing at the moment. The flag bearers of ‘Green Diwali’ campaign argue that Diwali causes pollution. But sometimes things are not as simple as they appear. Let’s dig a bit deeper into this green Diwali thing, and find out if it’s really about the pollution, or something else.
You see, pollution is a valid concern. It does affect our lives. We keep reading and hearing about the ill effects of pollution on our health and environment. In fact, pollution is present all around us-in many forms–vehicles, highly dangerous industrial units and building material stocks being run illegally in residential areas, loudspeakers, and many more. They all cause pollution, but surprisingly enough-people rarely talks about them.
But almost everybody starts talking about pollution with Diwali around the corner. The newspapers, TV news channels, so-called liberals, seculars, and leftists starts yelling at the top of their voices one and one word only-‘Green Diwali.’ ‘Say no to firecrackers’ campaigns run in schools and colleges and we’re made to believe that Diwali is the single most cause of pollution. The question is-why all this concern for the environment emerges only when Diwali approaches?
The argument is that firecrackers cause air pollution and noise pollution and hence people should not burst firecrackers. It’s true that firecrackers pollute air, but does firecrackers cause pollution only on Diwali?
Diwali is not the only occasion when firecrackers are used. They are also used on Christmas, New-year eve, IPL matches, electoral victories of political parties, and celebrity marriages-the list is endless. But the so-called environmentalists never talks about Green Christmas, Green New Year Eve, Green IPL matches or Green victory celebrations and the pollution firecrackers cause on those occasions. Why?
It seems that the so-called intellectuals have no problem with firecrackers, rather, they have a problem with Diwali. They are trying to make us believe that 1 day out of 365 days a year is the only cause of pollution. Rest of the year-
- You can roam around in giant SUVs.
- Illegal industrial units running in residential areas can release toxic waste in drains (which ultimately ends up polluting our life-lines-The rivers.
- Heavy machinery, giant trucks, tractors, and trolleys can roam around in prohibited zones (residential areas) and pollute the air with dust and annoyingly loud noise.
- Loudspeakers can play deafening music in the name of religion.
Almost everything is acceptable, what’s not acceptable is Diwali, and hence the Green Diwali conspiracy. This whole green Diwali thing is to make Hindus feel guilty about their festivals, about their culture, and in fact, about being a Hindu. (Yes, that’s what it is.)
Let’s have a look at some examples.
- You worship cow-you’re an idiot. Cows should be eaten, not worshiped.
- You light Diya under Peepal tree on Saturdays-you’re a stupid pagan. Millions of trees should be killed every year on Christmas to make Christmas trees. That’s what trees are meant for.
- You use colors on Holi-you’re dumb and insensitive to the environment-you must not use colors-colors cause water pollution. They can only be used in Bollywood movie songs depicting ‘filmy’ Holi.
Diwali is a festival of lights, sweets and fireworks. But you’re not bound to burst firecrackers. You can choose not to, but it must be your choice-originating from your freedom. When the so- called environmentalists starts dictating how Hindus should celebrate Diwali, it gets annoying. These people never run ‘Green eid’ campaigns despite the fact that it causes massive pollution-thanks to the blood and gore.
If you truly care about the environment you need to be total, you can’t be selective. You can’t let the environment get polluted the whole year, and start yelling at the top of your voice on Diwali only.
And the people who think that such attacks on Hindu festivals will stop at firecrackers are just making fools of themselves. Next would be-“Cremating Hindu dead bodies also cause pollution, why cremate, bury them instead.” Or how about “OMG! Hindus release Carbon-dioxide when they exhale, Hindus must stop breathing.”
If we’re concerned about the environment, we need to ban firecrackers completely. Banning firecrackers only on Diwali shows that the intention is to ban Diwali, not firecrackers. And that’s unacceptable.
The Hindus who believe this ‘Green Diwali’ conspiracy does not concern them, these lines by Shri Ramdhari Singh ‘Dinkar’ would sum it up:
समर शेष है, नहीं पाप का भागी केवल व्याध
जो तटस्थ हैं, समय लिखेगा उनका भी अपराध!