The parched fields and Holi!



It was 12 in the night and I was dead tired when I got a call from our family friend asking me to run a campaign in the newspaper to ‘Save Water’ during Holi festivities. I naively asked him, Why? He replied bluntly, “Perhaps we can’t send them water but we can certainly empathize with people dying of drought in Maharashtra.” I was touched.

Unfortunately we couldn’t run a campaign but I decided to write a blog hoping that people who will read it will play HOLI with dry colours.

I don’t know why our politicians are so damn insensitive about people and their problems. The Union minister Sharad Pawar has been telling one and all that this year’s drought in Marathwada region of Maharashtra is worse than the 1972 famine. He even said that the availability of food is not an issue but as far as water is concerned the situation is serious. People, especially women, have to walk several kilometres for a bucket of water. I was shocked to read Maharashtra minister Ajit Pawar statement that at the time of drafting the state’s budget, they will keep the drought situation on a priority. As if people can survive till then without water!

The central government has still not woken up to the explosive situation though similar reports are pouring in from Gujarat and UP’s Bundelkhand. I know people no more listen to politicians but can they remain silent when the water situation is so grim? Yes, gone are the days when public had agreed to serve coarse food at wedding receptions on a call by a prime minister but they can still create some awareness.

Ironically, people in this country blindly follow the self-styled religious gurus but they too have no compassion. The other day I saw Asaram Bapu playing Holi with the scarce drinking water with his devotees. How could he use tankers of water to spray colours?

As usual the Bollywood has come forward and decided to play with dry colours. Shouldn’t someone of the stature of Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan make appeals to the countrymen to save water, out of concern for those who were dying for ‘Do Boond Pani.’ They can do it even now!

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  • athiest

    this is insult to hinduism… how dare you make suggestions as such?? so what if drinking water is not available to some people …only if we please the gods, will the drought end. It is same as saying people should stop pouring butter into fire or stop wasting milk on gods for many people don’t get enough food. god comes first then the people

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    Ashok Chowgule Reply:

    This sarcastic response is downright silly. The biggest waste of water in Maharashtra is in sugar industry, where Pawarvd gets his political power from. Even a 10% saving will make a huge difference than a few tanker load saved by a dry holiday.

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    Indian Reply:

    This is exactly what I mean in my response. This person here has been trained in believing that the traditions of his (assuming its a he) ancestors are beneath him. He has read a few English books (perhaps) and now knows better. Raju ban gaya gentleman. Based on his logic everyone should drink their own purified urine. Problem solved. I bet he won’t have the atheist balls to do so.

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    sanket Reply:

    According to spirituality there is no need to pour milk etc which is a healthy practice rather serve people with love remember GOD with love, thats more than enough.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rajman.rajeev Rajeev Ranjan

    The writer I am sure has got her car washed, serviced, and takes a swim regularly and contemplates writing the article in pool!

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    Indian Reply:

    Bingo! You said it!

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  • Indian

    For many decades this has been a well paid and orchestrated concerted effort to malign the Indian festivals. Diwali it is noise, Holi it was dangerous now it is water, Durga Puja was polluting, Karwa Chauth is disrespecting women and on and on… How about save the goat? Or save the Christmas tree. Brain washing of Indians is so deep that self loathing Sunita Aron’s are dime a dozen. Sad country, sad people.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    True…Under Catholic-muslim Congress, hindu festivals are being shown regressive whereas Eid and Xmas is cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Anyone who has lived in Maharashtra knows that water shortage is chronic problem. Our state and central govt. have done nothing to solve the problem and now they are finding solution in banning holi.

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  • Jatin Mishra

    I have full solidarity with people in Vidharbha who trying to cope with drought and lack of water. I do not think anyone if anyone is stupid enough to play holi in Vidharbha. But telling people not to play Holi (which is a just one event in year) is silly.
    Seeing people waste water in Water parks, Swimming Pools, even at their home whole year this solution is nothing but a lip service. Media should run a campaign but it should be about water harvesting specially in areas which is usually affected by drought.

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  • http://twitter.com/SmileSanket sanket

    i personally believe that instead we should make a serious effort to save water in our daily life like for eg: having bathe in the bathing tub.. eventually we end up wasting so much water. So i appeal we should take care of these aspects rather than just showing off.

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