Every religion believes in celebrating various festivals throughout the year. Hindus also hold festivals throughout the year. The main difference is that Hindu festivals are supported by strong scientific evidence and serve as the backbone of the Indian economy. Ancestor designed the festivals in such a way that they have a positive effect on physical, mental, and social health, as well as nurturing and balancing the environment. Many western scientists have studied the scientific aspects of Hindu festivals and have clearly highlighted the importance of Hindu festivals for society and the environment.
However, a few organisations, political parties, and celebrities have a different agenda, and they raise concerns when a Hindu festival is approaching. Ignorance could be the cause, or they could be working to satisfy someone’s agenda who is working against Hindu culture 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The most recent issue is the use of firecrackers during Deepotsav celebrations. Many political leaders and celebrities have begun to spread propaganda claiming that the bursting of firecrackers increases the pollution levels. Are these people and parties unconcerned about the year-round extreme pollution? Have they offered any solutions or expressed concerns about the level of pollution? Various festivals provide a living for millions of Indians. Are these people so unconcerned about other people’s well-being? Festivals are a major factor in economic growth; do they want to derail the economy by protesting and petitioning the judicial system to put a stop to these festivals?
The main agenda is to denigrate Hindu culture, which unites everyone in society, celebrates life and the environment, promotes joy and happiness, increases revenue, and adds value to the overall economy. The selfish agenda and motive of a few political parties and celebrities is to garner vote bank based on caste division and assist conversion rackets, as well as to lead our youths into the drug menace.
Let’s take a closer look at the Deepotsav festival to get a sense of the propaganda created by these people.
Fireworks are generally set off for 2 to 3 days, with greater intensity on the day of Lakshmi Pujan. It amounts to 4 to 5% of total pollution.
According to expert studies and analyses, the main causes of pollution are Parali (burning of farm waste), vehicular pollution, industrial pollution, and the construction industry. These factors account for nearly 95 percent of pollution, but how many people are concerned about it and working to reduce it?
Any of these celebrities has ever raised public awareness about pollution. Isn’t it their responsibility to use public transportation to reduce vehicular pollution? This will also encourage their followers to take public transportation.
Festivals provide a positive outlook for the market. This Diwali, the total purchase exceeded Rs. 1.25 trillion, which was desperately needed to get overall economy back on track after the Corona fallout. Many Indian families rely on festivals for a living; the more enthusiastic the society is to celebrate the festivals, the more power to middle and neo-middle class families to strengthen their financial situation, and thus the economy. Political parties and celebrities must set aside their agendas and remember that whatever they have accomplished in their lives is due to the fact that ordinary people supported them in their rise. Isn’t it their responsibility to help ordinary people improve their standard of living?
Hindu rituals and worshipping methods for festivals never encourage hatred or bad feelings toward any person, group, religion, or environment, but rather pray for the well-being of everyone, whether they love or hate. Every practise is carefully considered in terms of its positive impact on physical, mental, and social health, the development of strength to face adversity, the development of a grateful attitude, harmony among various sections of society, and the celebration of life without drugs and illegal practises. The ultimate goal is to recognise that “Life means Enthusiasm and Love.”
The more someone tries to destroy Hindu culture, the more drug abuse, illegal activities, violence, crime against women, and corrupt mentality there will be. The simple reason is that Hindu culture teaches moral values and the purpose of life in order to improve every individual, society, environment, country, and globe for peaceful living through sharing and caring.
Is it acceptable to slaughter millions of animals during a particular festival? Although research and analysis clearly show that it has an impact on soil, water, and air pollution, no one objects to it when they object to Hindu festivals. This clearly demonstrates the biased agenda towards Hindus and Hindu festivals. This absurdity by so-called environmentalists and social reformers (political leaders and celebrities) must be strongly condemned.