It is that time of the year when we are all encouraged to "tone it down" and ‘become’ erudite, responsible and environment friendly.
Welcome to the world of the lean, green and hypocrisy.
Over the past few years whether it is judicial overreach or vacuous activism, it seems that Indic festivals are under sustained attack from all sides.
If one goes by advertisements in Mainstream Indian media, except for Gregorian New Year and Christmas, all the other Indic festivals in between only look forward to buying cars, TVs, refrigerators, clothes, furniture, jewelry, tablets and Smart phones.
We are encouraged to buy, pay tax but never proclaim anything in its true form.
When it comes to celebrating festivals in full pomp and glory, then we are battered with ‘Green Diwali', 'Colorless holi', ‘regressive Karva Chauth’ and ‘animal cruelty in jallikattu’. It seems that only Indic faith is at odds with the environment or so we are made to believe. This is exact opposite of what the truth is. Indic faith inherently believes in living harmoniously with nature. Long before environmentalism became a fad, Indic faith was seeped in coexistence with flora and fauna. From Sun to earth to air, Indic faith has never chosen to be at odds with anything in nature. Now however there is a concerted attempt to make followers of Indic faith guilty of what they have been doing harmoniously for last 5000 years.
We recognize the need and importance of protecting environment, but we reject impinging on personal liberties of people.
This sly attempt in replacing traditional festivities by misplaced liberals in our own midst is highly regrettable.
However, this year onwards, this page will attempt to document some 'loud and clear' attempts to negate this narrative.
You will find pictures, videos, articles and blogs just on the full experience of an Indic festival with dance, music, noise and color.
We would like all of you to contribute as well. Let us know how you celebrate your festivals, share with us your thoughts, give us your feedback. Let there be no fear or guilt.
Let’s Reclaim our Festivals.
Pic Credit: By Karthikeyan 3d (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons