Light, not explosions for Diwali
I WRITE in response to the misguided Hindu practice of celebrating Diwali with fireworks. On Saturday, the earsplitting explosions went on until well past midnight.
The bedlam continued on Sunday night. These militarytype explosions must have been the work of adults. What fun can there be for an adult to launch a firework into the sky that then explodes with enough power to hurt and maim pets?
I accept that it is the norm to celebrate this keystone cultural event with joyous colour and sound. I accept, too, that fireworks that dazzle with fizz and sparkle are a part of this celebration. However, the notion that mind-blowing explosions are a necessary part of Diwali is wrong.
Mahatma Gandhi is widely quoted as saying one can measure the greatness of a nation and its moral progress by the way its animals are treated. If we accept this, the only conclusion we can arrive at is that we are barbarians.
I ask that our priests, pundits and religious leaders raise this issue with their congregations and steer us on a more tolerant path. The words of Roni McCall have relevance in this regard: “To say nothing, to do nothing, stops nothing.”