In India we have this tradition of leaving damaged idols of gods, floral offerings and other such leftovers from a prayer ceremony, near a temple ground. The idea is that trashing them would desecrate religious sentiments. Some also dump them in river waters upholding similar belief.
But can you imagine the amount of waste this “not- trashing” generates?
I am blessed to be living in a colony that borders a forested patch atop a rocky hill. There is a huge temple and cowshed established there. People not only visit the temple to pay obeisance to their gods but also purchase fresh cow milk from there. I go for a walk here every morning and simply adore the feel of walking in a forest. Icing on the cake are the gorgeous peacocks that have made this pahadi a home. At the moment its mating season, so its not uncommon to see them dancing and preening in full glory.
Of late there has been surreptitious dumping of garbage in nooks and corners of this forest patch. At first they were dumped behind the thickets to hide them from plain sight. But now there is open dumping daily of home waste, medicinal waste and construction debris. As far as one can look, there is trash dumped with mindless concern about the green cover.
One of the biggest offenders is the temple on this hillock. The waste generated by them is casually dumped just ahead of the temple, fouling the forest with stench and is an eyesore.
I have been fuming at this careless trashing with little regard for the ecology or our dependence on its well being. This forest is an amazing green lung to have around our colony and ensures we have plenty of rainfall every monsoon. There have been times when friends have asked me how come I am jumping about in the rainfall when there is no rain at their end. I give thanks to the pahadi for this blessing.
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The construction debris get thrown here by tractors which go unchecked on the roads by the cops. One can see them plying on main roads filled to the brim with building waste. Yet they do so with such impunity for there seems to be no check by the administration over this.
Another growing concern is medicinal waste which I have seen strewn around in two spots in the forests. It emits a very foul chemical odour and will ultimately leach to the groundwater. There is supposedly a proper protocol for disposing of expired medicines and other hospital waste. But again, someone is doing these illegally while the city administration sleeps on blissfully.
And then there are the broken idols which make strange bedfellows with all the sanitary hardware lying around. If this is the way people think they are discarding religious items “sensitively”, then they are really deluded. I dont think this is a great way to tell the lord that we respect him!!!!
I have created a Petition and would love to garner some support in form of your signatures people. Please do sign and share it on your social media handles to generate some noise about this. Our very basic right to breathe is being violated callously by the government. Its time to take accountability from our elected representatives and demand action to be taken.
Please do spare some thought for the Aravali Bio Diversity Park which the current government is trying to destroy in the name of development. This is all despite the Supreme Court ban on any mining and other such activities in the Aravalis.