Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Sparkling and Clean Diwali to fellow Indians who celebrate it!!!

Diwali is a festival of lights – of recalling virtues and being religious…of having a great time with family and friends…of having and sharing sweets…of exchanging gifts…so far, so good!

But today, Diwali is synonymous with crackers and fireworks…And further, to the ‘pomp and show’ factor…No real harm if it is done in an environmentally and socially responsible way…but unfortunately, Diwali night has become a mark of enjoyment of a few, and plight of many!

Just to specify, the noise, the smoke, the filth on the ground after the crackers burst, the unsafe outdoors on that Night, is that what we call ‘celebration’ or ‘Festival’??? This negative side-effects persists for at-least the next few days of the Diwali Night…!

Are we so insensitive to what we are doing to the air we breathe, ground we walk on, and people we live with?

While can’t we celebrate Diwali the way it is enjoyable to us (we as a social group) at this moment and next moment?

Lets start a new trend – Compensate crackers with Lights…pollution with purity, within and without!

Towards a ‘Sparkling Diwali and Swachh India”…Happy DEEPAWALI!

Swach Bharat Abhiyaan – 2nd October 2014

Indeed a much needed initiative…measurable too in terms of targets of providing toilets n water supply…especially to rural households…It talks of solid waste management (SWM) and waste water management too…. both are absolutely critical in the bigger picture.However details on how SWM issues will be addressed not clear…For e.g..big cities are burdened with their own waste…waste segregation at only informal level, very less recycling n composting set-ups…landfills over-burdened…n lack-lustre stress on waste to energy projects! What will follow on all these aspects? Keeping fingers crossed!