Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Holi 2010

The festival of colors is back again! There seems to be excitement in the air, particularly with kids. Funny enough, I have never been drawn to this festival and I still am trying hard to conform with the fun factor it seems to represent.

The difficulties are that there are more crimes committed in the name of Holi celebrations which makes it difficult for me to believe in it. Many girls are raped by mobs and women, whether married or not, are not safe traveling or being outdoors in public on the day of Holi. For the police, it is not possible to control huge mobs that are celebrating a festival. That is exactly why many rapists go scot-free on this day because it is not possible to identify them as well. Due to these dismal but perfectly valid reasons, the fun filled, colorful festival fails to inspire me. Forgive my honesty but that's just the way I am. I can't pretend to like something that I don't believe in.

However, my personal thoughts do not prevent me from wishing you all a very happy, joyous and fun filled Holi. Stay safe, avoid mobs, drive carefully and take greater care of the girls and womenfolk in the family while outdoors.

Happy Holi!


Vinita Apte said...

A very Happy Holi to you Sanand :)

I always remember holi quite fondly. The points you have raised are unfortunately true.

Mridula said...

Wish you and your family a very happy Holi too.

Tarun Mitra said...

Happy Holi to you too

R. Ramesh said...

yes more crimes committed in the name of Holi mumbai v used to be scared of travelling by trains ya..they used to throw stones, cow dung and even shit in the name of Holi..Sometimes celebrations turn nightmare...hope things improve..

Sanand said...

Thanks to you all, especially R.Ramesh for the accurate statement.

We need to rise to the challenge of celebrating festivals without causing harm or violence to women and children in our society.