If crackers on Diwali, then pollution for the new year?

Many rationalists would define these kinds of questions as fanatical. If Diwali Tightening Holi etc. on many incompatible criteria is the basis of environmental protection and liberalism, So keeping the festivals of Christmas or Eid etc. also subject to the same questions – how is it communal? As long as the double standard will be adopted for all festivals in the country, Such apprehensions will continue to arise.

Happy New Year to all of you readers. In this Mudit Bela, the communication of enthusiasm is visible all over the world. In such a situation, it becomes natural that we all do some self-reflection too. A schematic pattern has been observed over the past few decades, often subjecting the festivals of Holi, Deepawali, Shivratri, etc. to subtle socio-economic criteria, such as environmental, pollution and wastage of scarce resources. Not only this, in many schools across the country, students are also ‘educated’ about the alleged ‘side effects’ on nature from these festivals.

Many so-called environmentalists and related voluntary organizations (NGOs) contact dozens of schools in this regard and run awareness campaigns about how humane attitude should be towards the environment even by doing street plays in school premises or public places. A touching call is given to the public in this regard by many governments, courts and constitutional bodies. Is such an effort seen in Christmas? Is it only Christmas or Eid etc and their associated tradition-ethos suited to the climate?

Undoubtedly, protecting the environment is the need of the hour and collective measures need to be taken in this direction. Whether those taking cognizance of pollution from natural resources – the ‘waste’ of water on Holi and the smoke of firecrackers on Diwali, have been able to assess that on Christmas around the world, homes, shops and large shopping malls are illuminated by different electric lights. How much valuable energy is ‘wasted’ in decorating with? Celebrating Diwali with ‘green-crackers’ or calling it a ‘festival of lamps’, Durga-puja and those emphasizing on immersion of ‘eco-friendly’ idols on Ganesh-Chaturthi, have they ever used plastics for decorations and gifts on Christmas? Raise your voice against artificial Christmas-trees)?

According to an estimate, 120 million trees are cut every year around the world for real Christmas-trees. Now NGOs and so-called environmentalists who are worried about the cutting of a few hundred trees in the strategically important Chardham road project, did it take cognizance of the cutting of crores of trees for the Christmas tree? Is it appropriate for them to cut down innumerable trees for a festival? Ironically, for those for whom living tree-worship (including basil worship) is regressive and synonymous with superstition, cutting down millions of trees to decorate them as Christmas-trees is the hallmark of progressiveness and modernity. The truth is that this frivolous and double mentality has caused maximum damage to nature.

Millions of turkeys are killed every year around the world on Christmas Day, in the name of a 500-year-old tradition. It is estimated that 25 million turkeys are killed in the US, 15 million in the UK, and more than 5 million turkeys in Australia for ‘traditional food’. Now about the turkey bird being frightened by the sound of firecrackers (including eco-friendly) on Diwali or expressing concern over their ‘rights’ and the jibah of crores of animals on Eid. Why do you keep silent? Due to Christmas and Thanksgiving Day, turkey-rearing has become a global industry—indiscriminate use of land, water and other resources. In the greed of making more profit, most turkey traders unnaturally increase the weight of this bird so much that they reach the slaughterhouse in just 18 weeks for slaughter. Has any concerned NGO noticed this inhuman and anti-animal practice?

Crores of Hindus believe that the festival of Deepawali, along with Lakshmi Pujan, is also associated with the completion of 14 years of exile and return to Ayodhya by Sri Rama following a promise from his father, King Dasharatha. Now since a section of the country, called the ‘Left-Jihadi-liberal secular clan’- because of its hateful anti-Hindu thinking, questioning the existence of Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram, considers him as a fictional person and all the traditions related to him ( including Diwali) with the same glasses. One such affidavit filed in the Supreme Court by the then Congress-led central government in the year 2007- there is direct evidence of this. Now it is the result of actions that those who raised questions on the existence of Shri Ram, the identity of Sanatan Bharat, today they are pretending to be at the feet of Lord Shri Ram to save their own existence.

In this background, Christmas is related to the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. He was born about 500 years after Lord Gautam Buddha. Now on December 25, Jesus Christ was born, there is no authentically historical or scientific basis for this. This date is based on speculation only. The Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus after a ‘divine-intervention’ in Bethlehem, without any male contact, according to the Gospel stories described in the Bible. Even in these stories, December 25 is not mentioned. In fact, Christmas was not celebrated by Christians before the fourth century. The announcement of celebrating Jesus Jayanti on 25 December was made by the then Pope Julius I (337–52) in 350 AD, which was an arbitrary decision of his, which was also opposed by Christians for many centuries. Now the group which considers insulting Hindu gods and goddesses as their ‘privilege’ under the guise of constitutional rights and justifies them, did they show such courage for Jesus Christ?

Now Santa Claus is also a fictional character and millions of people around the world (including India) make his famous red hat, which is single-use. Now the Jamaat who are involved in the reconstruction of Shri Ram temple in Ayodhya, open school-hospital with money, do good to the poor with the money spent on colors on Holi and grand decoration on Krishna-Janmashtami, distribute milk offered on Shivling on the day of Mahashivratri to the poor. etc., did he offer any such ideas about wasting money on the red-hat of the imaginary Santa Claus? Can’t with that money warm clothes can be given as a gift to the poor who are facing the severe cold?

Many rationalists would define these kinds of questions as fanatical. If restricting Deepawali, Holi etc. on many incompatible criteria is the basis of environmental protection and liberalism, then keeping the festivals like Christmas or Eid etc. also subject to the same questions – how is it communal? As long as double standards are adopted for all festivals in the country, such apprehensions will continue to arise.

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