The Dark Side of the Festival of Lights – Happy Diwali

Diwali, the festival of colors is round the corner. The festival which marks the victory of good over evil is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country. Every Indian, be it young or old, residing in any part of the world must have fond nostalgic memories of the festival. It is presumed to be an auspicious day in the Hindu calendar and held to bring prosperity in our lives.

But, is the festival really worth celebrating amidst the current setting things?????

I afraid, the answer is No. The world is thronged with problems of global warming, catastrophic effects of climate change and the protests against it worldwide. Remember, Greta Thunberg, the teenager girl from Sweden who is campaigning against the world leaders, holding them responsible for all the chaos in almost all the international forums.

Well, we as humans have not help the cause in preserving our beautiful planet. Let’s have a look at some of the glaring stats making the rounds globally:

  1. The World Health Organization (WHO)estimates that around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in the air that penetrate deep inside the lungs causing various breathing issues. Ambient air pollution alone caused 4.2 million deaths in 2016.
  2. Around 3 billion people – more than 40% of the world’s population – still do not have access to clean cooking fuels and technologies in their homes, the main source of household air pollution.
  3. Almost 15-20 million people in India suffer from Asthma problems out of which 10-15% is children in the age-group of 5-11 years.
  4. 9 out of 20 of the world’s most polluted cities belong to India. The Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi NCR and surrounding regions drops down to severe alarming levels.
  5. It is also estimated that the gases emitted during the Diwali celebrations alone contribute to almost 30% of the total air pollution generated in the country. Imagine the impact of that single day!

Well, this Diwali think once before you fire those crackers. What kind of world are we going to present to our future lineages?  Animals are hurt, people are affected, the planet is dying a slow death. Then what is the meaning of such a festival?

Diwali is supposed to embark as the victory of good over evil. But what good, are we doing by depleting our resources. Be wise, celebrate the festival of colors with your family and friends, play games, distribute sweets have fun.

This Diwali, we all at VAJIRAO IAS ACADEMY pledge to make this planet a better place to live, Come with us and celebrate this auspicious day and this time “Say No to Crackers”. This one, for the beautiful planet in which we live.

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali…..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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