Delhi, The national capital of India has been in the news recently for its alarming high level of pollution levels. Apparently, it is fifteen times over the limit. The whole city is shrouded in smog and the visibility levels have decreased drastically. The situation is so appalling that the government had to shut down schools for three days. Temporary measures include banning construction work and power plant for five days. There are also a host of other measures that the government plans to take.
There are many short-term and long-term implications of such high levels of pollution including:
- Respiratory problems
- Higher risk of ADHD in children
- With increased content of lead, chances of abnormal mental growth also increases.
For people who think staying indoors will solve the problem, such high levels of pollution also causes indoor air contamination. You can find a official detailed list of health risks here for better understanding.
All the major social networking sites are filled with angry citizens disappointed with the government’s lack of plan of action to tackle this situation. And it is total failure on the governments part but we are the world’s largest democracy. Our motto being for the people, by the people, of the people. We have active contribution in our nation’s progress and problems. Our water resources have already been contaminated to levels where we cannot drink them without proper filtering process. With such air quality it won’t be long when we will wearing and installing air purifiers in our homes.
Earlier in 2016, Beijing city China Had reported alarming levels of toxicity of air. A Chinese man accumulated tons of particles by vacuuming air in the city only in a couple of minutes. There was also news of people selling packets of fresh air. Our lakes, rivers, canals and ponds have already been polluted. Industries releasing their waste in the local water bodies have ruined the complete ecosystem. One such recent incident was the Hindustan levers mercury drainage in Kodaikanal which has been causing birth defects amongst the local population. Know more here.
How do we contribute the destruction of our own beautiful nation?
- The Double Standard: We believe in cleanliness and hygiene but only within the boundaries of our home. Anything else it is not our concern.
- Visit any residential area in most parts of the country and you will find a nearby corner or an empty plot of land where people take the liberty to dump their waste. Polythene bags filled with waste ranging from kitchen to toxic waste all in one place. Our sense of cleanliness is satisfied once we dump the garbage out of our sight.
- Public Transport Is For the Poor: Using a public transport for your daily commute is the best option for an individual, the society, the environment and the nation as well. But I have encountered many people say that they are not so economically backward that they have to use public transport. How will you be poor, in fact, you will be rich with all those expenses you avoid by opting for public transports. Other common complaint is a lack of cleanliness and orderliness in the public transport. But my question is who makes it unclean? The answer brings me to the next point which is
- Not My Job: This phrase is most commonly used by us than casual greetings. Every work or attempt at contributing towards the society except the ones that pay is considered somebody else’s job. This can range from filing your taxes to disposing a wrapper in a dustbin.
Our Indian heritage places nature at the utmost level of devotion. It is not a secret that natural resources are exhaustible. If we continue with our habits, we will destroy our planet, the only place you can live.
The year of 1998 , few years left for the glorious century to end, people all over were excited to witness turn of the century. The year 2000 held great importance, as if everything would be renewed for the better, people started considering themselves as living legends. 😛
Unaware of the event unfolding in their surrounding five kids namely Kiki, usu, yasu , banu and danu (arranged in descending order) were enjoying the end of their summer vacations in the religious city of Tirupati. The cousins always looked forward for the summers to approach so that they can spend the two months together. They were maternal cousins : kiki , usu, banu (Tirupati sisters) were hindus whereas yasu and danu were from Mumbai and were muslims. They dint knew each others languages but communication was never a problem , they were content to be together and every year when the time came for Mumbai children to depart , a highly emotional drama was witnessed on the Renigunta platform including wishing the train would get cancelled or for some reason the elders postpone the plan.
On one such day the kids were planning to visit the nearby municipal garden which was their second most favorite place , first being their grandmothers village. They requested their mothers and the evening was booked for the park outing.
The kids were really excited . But the weather had some other plans , and the first rain of the year poured on the same day late afternoon, though not a heavy rain , just a drizzle, but that was enough for the mothers to postpone the plan and to dampen the kids spirits. After a lot of pestering by the kids, the elders promised to take them out if the sky was clear , which was at that moment was packed with heavy dark clouds.
Being children they accepted it, and rush to the terrace to pray to the almighty to clear the sky, at that point of time a little drizzle was on. Each one of them started praying to the superpower in their own way which is:
Kiki took a discarded piece of plastic pipe , held ends of the inverted pipe in both her hands to form the shape of kavadi and started performing kavadiattam dance to please the lord.
Yasu without knowing which was the west direction started praying namaz with a continuous series of prostrations.
Usu started worshiping our Thanjavur doll as an idol with offerings of dried leaves which were scattered on the terrace , due to sudden gust of wind.
Banu and Danu , too young to comprehend just raised their hands to the sky and were murmuring in their own illegible language.
Everyone prayed with closed eyes for more concentration.
This episode of fervent prayers continued for a while with constant breaks to check whether their prayers were working or not. After every break the prayers were more intensified.
After about 15 mins, their prayers were answered , the skies cleared and one could easily see the setting sun. It was not less then a miracle for them. Happy with their God, they rushed two steps at a time to their mothers.
The elders had already cancelled the program , and were in no mood of taking the kids out . After a lot of persuasion and efforts at bribing the kids (chocolates, ice-creams etc) , the mothers resorted to threatening and thrashing which made all the kids run back to the terrace.
After some fuming discussions on the hypocrisy showcased by their mothers , the kids resumed their playing and ended another fun filled day .
My question is whos prayer got answered? Is it the kavadi dancing Kiki or the prostrating yasu or the doll worshiper usu or the simple rumblings of danu and banu?
Did all the Gods got convinced or is it one single God who was touched by the children prayers?
Or were the clouds destined to pass away after a little drizzle?
And the bigger question is if the children were so potent in convincing God itself , why couldn’t they convince their mothers?
Does this mean that even if God is willing or God paves the way , still it is in our hands to control the situation?
Does that imply that we control our lives ?
If so, why do we fight in the name of God, if we are responsible for everything , the good as well as the bad?
“Man created Religion, Religion didn’t create Man .”
Cheers to Humanity !!