Young people in Delhi are all set to have a blast this Diwali. Urging people to celebrate a green Diwali, Ananya Mahant, a student of Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Delhi University says, “Diwali is a festival of spreading happiness. This year too, I am going to do the same, but for animals around me. Having a pet dog I know how torturous it is for these little creatures. I will not burst crackers. Dogs have a much superior sense of sight, smell and noise when compared to us humans. Many stray dogs suffer from burns, injuries and mental problems caused by crackers.”
Reiterating the same, Lekhika Indoria says, “This year I am not only celebrating Diwali in an environment friendly way, but also promoting the same by putting wallpapers and placards displaying messages like ‘Say no to crackers’. Since this festival is known as the festival of lights’ and not the ‘festival of noise’, we should light lamps instead of wasting money on crackers.”
Though many young people admitted that pollution and noise were matters of concern, they asserted that they would not part ways with crackers. “Can you imagine a silent Diwali? Please don’t dampen the festive spirit. Why can’t the government curb pollution during the rest of the year?” asks a 19-year-old student of Indraprastha University.
For Shaiana Khanna, an aspiring psychologist from Chandigarh, Diwali is the time to dress up in fancy clothes, savour good food and spend quality time with family and friends. “This time Diwali will be a little different because I’ll be away from my family, but there won’t be restrictions on how much time I spend with my friends,” says Khanna.