'Bursting crackers is war against nature'

While there are groups who are unconcerned about environment or disturbance they cause to public, there are youth who resort to celebrations in a peaceful manner, finds out S Shivaranjini.

N ot many of the youth community realise the importance of environmental issues while it comes to celebrating Diwali.

 For people, the festival of lights- Deepavali is merely celebrations bursting crackers as it is the part of the festivities which is centre of attraction for children even.

Ramesh R Handrangi, journalism student at University of Mysore feels there is no meaning in bursting crackers. It could be called a war against nature. “Why burst crackers when there are much more creative things to do on the occasion?”

A group of cousins of Parashar family have decided not to burst crackers since six years. M D Ravishankar, M P Pramod, M N Harsha, K M Kiran, M D Ravi, M D Rashmi, M P Priya , K M Krupashanker -all of them are either pursuing masters or working have made resolution in the family not to add to the pollution caused due to bursting crackers.

They all recollect their memories of bursting crackers in their childhood, minor burns and even strict supervision of the elders.  They felt there is much more entertainment for the festival days than gaining entertainment by polluting the environment. Ravishankar says, bursting crackers not only is a waste of money but also harmful to nature.

Radhika Nair, a student of archeology masters at UoM, says as she is the only girl at home, crackers was not encouraged and mainly her family believes in celebrating the festival in traditional way by lighting lamps and not by making noise with the crackers.

M N Sandeep, M A in English literature student at Mandya, has least experience of celebrating the festival with crackers. During his high school days, his classmates concerned of environmental hazards never touched crackers. “My fear even grew after seeing few incidents of eye injuries.”

 Youngsters unanimously opine there should dwell a self-motivated drive among people not to burst the crackers which could save our environment.   They say visiting friends and families, hanging out with them during holidays would be much better than to harm environment and its organisms.

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