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This Dussehra, ‘terrorist’ effigies to go up in flames

The recent strikes across LoC have led to an increase in demand for ‘terrorist’ effigies, this Dussehra. The effigies of Ravan, Kumbhkaran and Meghnadh, too, will have anti-terrorism slogans on them.

bhopal Updated: Oct 11, 2016 07:38 IST
A Ravan’s effigy being installed at Bhopal’s Bittan market ground on Monday.
A Ravan’s effigy being installed at Bhopal’s Bittan market ground on Monday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo)

The recent strikes across LoC have led to an increase in demand for ‘terrorist’ effigies, this Dussehra. The effigies of Ravan, Kumbhkaran and Meghnadh, too, will have anti-terrorism slogans on them.

In Banskhedi, only 600 Ravana effigies were sold last year. But, this year, the number has multiplied to as high as 5,000. The cost ranged from Rs 500 to Rs 20,000.

One of the effigy-makers, DL Verma said, “Post the Uri attacks and surgical strikes, people want to send out strong messages against terrorism. Even, youngsters and teenagers are asking for effigies with messages that congratulate the Indian Army on their feat.”

“Usually, the slogans spread awareness against domestic violence, and tobacco addiction. This year, most people wanted to send out a message against Pakistan. Whatever be the reason, we are happy with our business,” said Raju Banskar, another maker.

A resident of Link road no 3, Krishna Bansal, who was asking for a medium-sized Ravan, said, “On Dusshera, we celebrate victory of truth over untruth. With change in the society, the motive also changes. Now, terrorism is big problem not just for India but the whole world. That is why this year we plan to fight against terrorism.”

This year, surgical strike was also replicated in Durga puja pandals. In many parts of the city, instead of presenting any mythological story, a fight between Army and terrorists were shown.

Cut down ravan’s size to curb social evils

Arera (Rajdhani) Utsav Samiti has been carrying on an interesting practice for the past six years. The committee reduces the height of Ravan effigy by a foot every year after addressing a social evil. The height of effigy of Ravan was 65 feet originally and this year it reduced to 59 feet.

Committee chief spokesperson Gurcharan Singh Arora said, “We are reducing the height of effigy this year to address issues of crime against women, including rape, female foeticide dowry harassment.”

“If people are successful in ending crime against women, we will take up another issue,” said Arora.