Alive - - Letters -

The ed­i­to­rial Ef­fi­gy­burn­ing, pub­lished in the Novem­ber is­sue is a timely one. Ef­figy-burn­ing is def­i­nitely sheer waste of money and it adds up to the al­ready alarm­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pollution. Many a celebri­ties and politi­cians at the helm of af­fairs are also meet­ing the same fate by their op­po­nents. Ver­ity they are giv­ing Ag­ni­parik­shya ev­ery now and then. This is a bad prac­tice preva­lent in In­dia where po­lit­i­cal work­ers re­sort to ef­figy-burn­ing of their arch-ri­vals. Some­times these

po­lit­i­cal hooli­gans also get se­vere phys­i­cal burns in the process. A col­lec­tive op­po­si­tion should be raised against this mode of protes­ta­tion. Also all po­lit­i­cal par­ties should join hands in stop­ping the age-old prac­tice of burn­ing the ef­fi­gies of Ra­vana, Kumb­hakarna and Megh­naad dur­ing Dussehra and con­trib­ute to­wards en­vi­ron­ment protection.

— Jy­oti­ran­jan Biswal

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