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Dussehra 2017: Delhi personalities tell us about the evils they’d want to see banished

On Dussehra, we speak to eminent personalities and ask them about the evils that personify Ravana. From drug abuse to road rage — let’s take an oath to burn them down!

more lifestyle Updated: Sep 30, 2017 15:36 IST
Etti Bali and Nikita Saxena
Etti Bali and Nikita Saxena
Hindustan Times
Eminent personalities of Delhi tell us about evils that they feel are the Ravanas of today’s times.

This Dussehra, as people celebrate the victory of good over evil, we speak to some eminent personalities and find out evils which they feel is the Ravana of today. From vices like drug abuse to road rage, let’s do away with these evils, this year.

RINA DHAKA: Taming the beast called anger

“If anger is the one evil we can all overcome...nobody can be free of it totally, but we can lessen it,” says designer Rina Dhaka. ( Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times )

Designer Rina Dhaka says it’s the evil of anger that needs to go. “Everything is based on anger —wars,’s all anger. So if anger is the one evil we can all overcome, that’ll be it. Nobody can be free of it totally, but we can lessen it for sure. It’s going to lead to patience and friendship.”

SUNIL SETHI: Doing away with road rage

“We need a masterstroke to control the traffic demon,” says FDCI president Sunil Sethi. ( Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times )

Fashion Design Council of India president Sunil Sethi says it’s the twin evil of traffic and road rage which need to go. “The biggest evil for me, or anyone living in Delhi is the traffic, and the road rage. We need a masterstroke to control the traffic demon because it puts people’s life on hold. The Rama has to be somebody who will do a good job with the traffic control. And, I am sure Delhi Police will become the Rama and that they will be using the Rama Baan soon.”

RAGHU RAI: The evil of corruption

“Hindi cinema is going from bad to worse...It’s entertainment at the cheapest level,” says photographer Raghu Rai. ( Manoj Verma )

For veteran photographer Raghu Rai, corruption, in all realms of life, is an evil that we must rid the country, and the world of. “Increased crime and corruption is because of dirty politics. When you take money which is not yours, it comes with all evils of society — teaching a lesson, bumping off somebody, picking up women, debauched attitude — devils are dancing and we must get rid off them.”

SONALIKA SAHAY: Tightening up security for women

“Women should be protected against this evil of sexual harassment,” says model Sonalika Sahay. ( Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times )

Model Sonalika Sahay says the lack of security and safety for women is the biggest evil today. “There should be more safety measures for women, especially in regions like Gurgaon. Women should be protected against this evil of sexual harassment and insecurity.”

MADHUR VERMA: Destroying the evil within

“When we are weak, down or even celebrating, we give into vices,” says DCP, PRO, Delhi Police, Madhur Verma. ( Manoj Verma/Hindustan Times )

The temptation to indulge in drugs is an evil that needs to be banished. “Ravana is inside all of us. When we are weak, down, or even celebrating, we give into vices such as drugs and narcotics, and don’t exercise self control. One should ensure that they have good company, that one communicates with their parents and don’t give into any such desires,” says Madhur Verma, DCP, PRO, Delhi Police.

KAUSHALYA REDDY: Eliminating selfish deeds

“We should all start thinking for the society,” says Kuchipudi exponent Kaushalya Reddy . ( Prabhas Roy/Hindustan Times )

Kuchipudi exponent Kaushalya Reddy believes that today’s Ravana is more evil than the Ravana from the Rama yuga. “People have become very self-centred and that is why evils such as corruption and molestation are prevalent. Everything is done for some or the other benefit, and that’s killing our values and cultures. We should all start thinking for the society.”

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First Published: Sep 30, 2017 15:36 IST